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. It has moved to the next stage of development following the almost unanimous vote in favour of a draft strategic plan at Diocesan Synod in March 2022. 

The story so far

This time last year Bishop Viv invited the whole diocese to take part in a big conversation. We shared during an incredible two months of consultation and engagement where we gathered more than 2,000 responses from a wide range of people across the diocese. We heard so much that was good and encouraging and listened hard when people highlighted things that needed to change. All the responses were analysed, and the themes that emerged were discussed, explored, and prayed about. From this we developed the Vision, Purpose and Values, and what they mean for us. We have now discerned, as a diocese, where we believe God is calling us in our mission in the coming years. These discernments will be the foundation of the new mission strategy and can be expressed through four key outcomes – read more about the outcomes here. In January 2022, 11 working groups, made up of people from across the diocese, met to discuss what activities were needed to deliver the Diocese of Bristol’s new strategic plan. We now have an outline draft plan which was presented to Diocesan Synod on Saturday 19 March. 

Where we are heading

Diocesan Synod members had a lively debate about the draft plan and identified areas for improvement and development. The next step is to work on these areas, as well as gather feedback and comments from other people across the diocese as a more detailed plan is shaped for the next Diocesan Synod meeting in June.   

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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We want to understand what we do well, what we can change for the better and create a positive way forward together. 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.