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Our Conversation; Our Future is part of our process to develop a strategic framework for the Diocese.

A diocesan strategic framework isn’t new.  As recently as 1954 the Diocese of Rochester published ‘Your Diocese’, a sepia-tinged document setting out the circumstances and future opportunities for the area.  Those opportunities included massive new housing developments throughout south east London, Kent and Medway.  The diocesan leaders of the time saw the opportunity and grasped it, setting out an ambitious plan to build twenty church buildings.  Through God’s power, these were all completed, and now play an important part in the life and work of God’s people.

From now until Easter 2017 we will be asking these questions [hyperlink to questions page] at as many meetings and forums as we can, seeking to engage as wide and deep as we can with people connected to us.

All of this praying, listening and talking is all well and good, you may say, but what are going to do with all this information?

Once we have involved as many people as possible from across the Diocese, Bishop James will invite a smaller group of people to distil a lot what we have heard into something intelligible. There is some precedent for this. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit made the word of God accessible to all who needed to hear it. In the early chapters of Revelation, Jesus spoke pertinently and challengingly into the contexts of several regional churches, with specificity about their personal circumstances.

The final strategic framework is expected to provide a scaffold for us to build upon, rather than detailed blueprints. It will help us understand and celebrate the diversity of our Diocese. It will provide us with a focus, and an outline to make decisions. The resulting document will be launched in November 2017. This is intentionally a good amount of time, because it is important that we spend time talking and listening to each other and to God. We invest this time and energy now, in order to be able to reap the harvest in the years to come.

Project Board members

The Project Board is responsible for oversight and scrutiny of the whole Strategic Framework project, through the skills and experience of its members. Progress is regularly reported to Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council. The members of the project board are:

Bishop James (Chair)
Claire Boxall (Strategic Framework Manager)
The Ven Simon Burton-Jones (Archdeacon of Rochester)
The Rev. Canon Chris Dench (Director of Formation & Ministry)
Linda Fiddyment
Matthew Girt (Diocesan Director of Strategy & Implementation)
The Rev Canon Bryan Knapp (Area Dean of Paddock Wood)
The Rev. Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy (Bishop's Adviser for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns)

Why Are We Doing This?

For a background discussion on the reasons for the Our Conversation; Our Future process, read The Case for a Diocesan Strategy

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