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Last updated 5th May 2021

Growing Leaders for Jesus Christ

Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”.

Effective leaders, both lay and ordained, demonstrate passion for what they are doing. They collaborate with, and involve others in planning, delivering and evaluating the impact of the activities for which they are responsible. Identifying, growing and mentoring their team and successors comes as second nature. Such lay and ordained workers/leaders are essential to the mission and ministry of any healthy church that transforms its community.

The Diocese is committed to participating in the national ‘Setting God’s People Free’ initiative which highlights the need for clergy and laypeople to be ‘equal partners in mission.’  The Growing Leaders Team is committed to facilitating the supply of an abundance of theologically literate lay and ordained leaders who, with a ministry rooted in prayer and a deep love of the Lord Jesus, can support the growth of healthy churches and transform communities.

The ‘Growing Leaders’ Vision 2026 theme has the following priorities:

  • Developing a diocesan-wide culture of vocational discernment so that all may hear God’s call and use their gifts in the service of the Gospel
  • Discerning and forming theologically literate lay and ordained leaders, rooted in prayer and with a deep love of the Lord Jesus
  • Nurturing healthy partnerships between clergy and laity by fully implementing the Lay Majority Ministry Framework
  • Generating a pipeline of highly motivated deacons and priests in order to enable the Diocese’s clergy deployment strategy

Much more detail is available in the Vision Implementation document which can be found here.