Bishop Jonathan has invited us to look again at our diocese’s vision, as we aim to move forward with confidence in Jesus and in each other. We are asked to embrace a vision of a diocese where everyone belongs, older and younger, but in which we are intentional about prioritising the emerging generation.
Therefore, he would like us to reframe our deaneries’ existing plans for mission and ministry through the prism of a single strategic priority:
- We deliberately prioritise our work with children, young people and young adults, to bring life-enhancing encounters with Jesus to a new generation.
- This priority is set in the context of the provision of Anna Chaplaincy to support older people in every parish, benefice and cluster across the diocese.
The following roadmap for 2022 will ensure that our deanery and diocesan groups talk through this vision and these plans in that context:
|2nd April 2022||Synod considered the overall roadmap for 2022|
|26th April 2022||Isle of Wight deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Allie Kerr, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|27th April 2022||Newly formed Bishop’s Staff Team (BST) meets to consider vision, implementation of priorities and our values|
|27th April 2022||Petersfield deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Will Hughes, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|28th April 2022||Portsmouth deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Jenny Rowley, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|3rd May 2022||Bishop’s Waltham deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Will Hughes, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|4th May 2022||Gosport deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Will Hughes, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|5th May 2022||Fareham deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Will Hughes, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|8th May 2022||Havant deanery team have initial meeting with +Jonathan, Jenny Rowley, Victoria James and Jenny Hollingsworth|
|18th May 2022||Bishop’s Council receive an update and will discuss the progress of the evolving roadmap.|
Conversation in Deaneries: a reframing of plans in the light of an integrating and focussing vision for a diocese called to Live | Pray | Serve the Kingdom; a Christian community in which all belong, in which abiding and sharing in Christ is central.
These conversations will also reflect on the revised deanery plans through the prism of:
Our conversations will be supported through a variety of online and in-person workshops including, but not limited to :-
Bishop Jonathan, Anthony Rustell, Jeff Williams, members of BST, will be available to support conversations as and when invited.
|25th June 2022||Diocesan Synod will receive an update as to progress to date under this roadmap.|
11th July 2022
|Reframed deanery plans returned to Bishopsgrove to then be circulated to BST for prayerful consideration and further conversation. This ‘gathering of drafts’ will enable early work on budget modelling.|
|w/c 11th July 2022||Further conversations with deaneries following BST’s period of reflection on the plans and how they link as ‘a whole’ across our diocese and what this may mean for the ‘presumptive pause’ on recruitment.|
|18th July 2022||Bishop's Council receives an update on the reframing process and considers budget assumptions in the light of the drafts|
|End July/beginning August||Work on budget in light of Bishop’s Council conclusions on Budget assumptions and first draft of diocesan strategic plan.|
|August||Period of rest, refreshment, reflection and prayer.|
First draft of diocesan strategic plan shared across the diocese; deanery teams encouraged to share and engage with each other’s plans through peer-to-peer conversation to enable mutual encouragement and constructive mutual challenge.
Deaneries continue to revise their plans in the light of input from peers, BST as well as input and envisioning from workshops.
|Late September/early October||Deanery Events online and in person (dates to be confirmed) to share vision and explore draft strategic plan and its accompanying financial plans, so that deaneries can affirm, develop or revise.|
|19th October 2022||Bishop’s Council considers feedback from Autumn events and approves the final strategic plan, budget, and financial plans to be taken forward to Synod|
|5th November 2022||
Diocesan Synod to approve and adopt: -
Please reflect on the road map and if we have missed opportunities for the voices of the diocesan family to be heard, then talk to your deanery leadership teams in advance of the meetings scheduled for the end of April/beginning of May. Alternatively, please be in touch with either or both of us.
Bishop Jonathan & Victoria James, Diocesan Secretary
13th April 2022