- Living Christ's Story
- Consultation outcomes
On 30th September 2021, the York Diocesan Leadership Team (YDLT) wrote this to parishes, including a link to download the first, early summary of the survey responses:
Thank you for your really encouraging responses to the ‘Living Christ’s Story’ Consultation, part of our seeking to understand how, together, we might deepen our relationship with Christ through becoming more Christ-like and growing the church which is the body of Christ.
More than 75% of you responded; this is high for a consultation of this kind, despite everyone working doubly hard as we journey out of the pandemic restrictions. We are very aware of the demands upon you at this busy time so, once again, ‘thank you’!
This level of a response is, we trust, a sign that people across the Diocese are assured that the outcome of this process isn’t already determined and that we value your comments – thank you for your trust in that. We’ve shared with you both the opportunities before us and the constraints on us all; many of you have risen wonderfully to that challenge, and we believe that God’s will is emerging through your responses and your willingness to work together.
hope this is helpful in understanding more fully the diocese of which
we are a part, and in your planning for our future. As a Diocesan
Leadership Team, we have found your insights into the present and the
future of the diocese really helpful. They reflect your hopes for the
Church and your confidence in addressing many issues, but also the very
real demands and constraints on your time and finances.
in particular that you have asked for more help in reaching ‘20s-40s’
and in reaching children and families – we are working on plans to
resource and help in those areas now. It was also good to note how much
you appreciate the support and encouragement that you receive from the
wider Deanery – we believe this is a testament to the value of our Area
and Lay Deans, with the Deanery Leadership Team, and we thank them for
all that they are doing.
We also received a number of
comments and questions, most commonly about our pooled costs – you have
asked for more information on how we spend money in our Common Fund and
what we are doing to manage the costs of diocesan support, just as we
are managing the costs of parish ministry. Our finance team are looking
carefully at those questions and will share information in a clear
format as soon as possible. You have also asked about how we secure
mission and ministry in our Lowest Income Communities, and we will give
some more information on that soon. All the responses to your
‘Frequently Asked Questions’ will appear in the ‘Living Christ’s Story’
resources section of the diocesan website soon.
given us a great deal to think about and to discuss, in time, with Area
and Lay Deans, Deanery Leadership Teams, Archbishop’s Council, and
Diocesan and Deanery Synods. We want to make sure we, collectively, get
this right – to balance hope and pragmatism, confidence in the Gospel
and the realities of our current position. We want to create space for
God to bless our plans and grow our faith! God has already shown his
faithfulness by easing some of our financial worries over the past year
to give us a little more time to think and to plan sensibly. We aren’t
out of the woods as regards the impact of COVID, and nor has the
underlying budgetary deficit disappeared, but we have more confidence
than at the start of the year thanks to your generosity and some savings
that have been made.
We will work closely with deaneries to
provide clear guidance for the creation of deanery plans, but to enable
longer reflection we now propose to do this early in 2022. Some are
keen to see firm plans developed more quickly but we want to allow the
extra 3 or 4 months to enable deeper consideration – we hope you agree
that the extra time will be worth it. If any of this prompts questions
for you, please contact your Bishop or Archdeacon.
In all of this
we seek God. The Diocesan Leadership Team have committed to praying a
very simple prayer during this time: ‘Lord, what do you want of us?’ Do
join us in this prayer, inspired by a longer prayer of St Teresa of
Avila, as we search for God’s wisdom. As ever our desire is ‘Your
Kingdom Come, Lord’.
With our continued prayers for you and your parishes
The York Diocesan Leadership Team
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