Transforming Church. Together

Transforming Church Together is a process to discern and develop the next vision and strategy for the Diocese of Bristol, and was started in January 2021. We want to understand what we do well, what we can change for the better and create a positive way forward together.

The journey so far

For the first step in the process we needed to understand the current position of the diocese. We reviewed research, data and information, held meetings with key groups and staff, and held an open conversation with people and stakeholders across the diocese through workshops and a questionnaire. The findings from this conversation can be found here

The next step was to analyse the responses from our conversations, to reveal the diocese’s core values, and help us discern a vision and a purpose in line with these values. Read more here.

We are developing a plan for implementing this new vision next year. Read more about the next steps here.

Thank you to everyone who has completed our questionnaire, taken part in our workshops, shared our communications, and helped us to shape our future so far.

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Please join us in the following prayer, as we discern the new vision and set of priorities for the coming years:

God of the Way, you call us to leave familiar places and to set out on new paths. 

Enlarge our vision of your work in the communities we serve, speak to us through the people we encounter, and open our hearts to your love.

Give us courage and boldness to engage together in this time of prayer and discernment; and by your Holy, life-giving and creative Spirit, renew your church in prayer and service, and in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

The full prayer resource can be found here.