EPISCOPAL MINISTRY—SEES OF SELBY AND WHITBY
Archbishop Stephen explained to Synod that in order for the appointment of the next suffragan bishops of Selby and Whitby to progress with the retirement in July 2024 of the present bishops, Diocesan Synod need to approve the motion before it tonight setting out the case for both posts and the plans for their deployment.
In line with proposals first made in 2012, Archbishop Stephen commended the plan that the next Bishop of Selby should become a ‘lead bishop’ for the Diocese of York, to address the long-term structural issue that the Archbishop of York is simply unable to give the Diocese the same time and attention as most Diocesan Bishops.
Accordingly the Bishop of Selby should act as lead bishop for the central functions of the diocese, including leading much of the development of the Living Christ’s Story strategic development of the diocese in the coming years.
The incoming Bishop of Whitby should take lead responsibility for issues of inclusion and growing younger within the Diocese of York, in line with both national Church of England priorities and those of the Living Christ’s Story programme in the diocese.
The Bishop of Hull would continue to develop her role in mission and deepening discipleship and spirituality across the diocese.
Synod was supplied with a draft of the paper for the Dioceses Commission; the final version will be available to read once amended in the light of the Synod discussion, which took the form of questions to the Archbishop, including: