Peter Hill – Archdeacon of Nottingham 30 th October 2011 Im involved in the deployment strategy for the diocese and looking at where we put vicars, clergy and mission leaders in the diocese for 2020, and just for your prayers, at the moment there are roughly 150 clergy in the diocese… but by 2020, unless there is a serious miracle of ordination and vocation, there will only be 100 available to us. Thats a third less. And so, unless something changes we will be placing lay people in charge of parishes before too long.
ITS ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP ITS NOT ABOUT THE CHURCH
We must be a transforming and transformative church that looks outwards to the community and to the world in which we are set. The mission of God is not only a higher calling than the maintenance of the church. It is the very reason for which God brought the church into being. Practically speaking we need to stop starting with the church and focus instead on Gods mission.
And this mission belongs not just to your parish priest, but to all of you who have been marked with the sign of the cross at your baptism. We are all called as members of the Body of Christ, priest and people alike, to be a ministering congregation to the communities in which we are set.
I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH YOU GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES