Clergy numbers on the rise
23 January 2019 IN: Bishop
For some time the diocese has been warning about a likely fall in the availability of stipendiary clergy, which mirrors a national trend. We have been working hard to open up ordained ministry to a more diverse group of people, and the latest figures show that this has been very successful in attracting more young people from different backgrounds to train to become clergy. The figures suggest that clergy numbers in the Diocese of Manchester will stabilise and then start to rise gradually from 2021.
Bishop David welcomed the findings of the research. He said: “This is exciting news; but perhaps it should not come as a surprise after so many years of prayer for increased vocations. The challenge for us now is to see how we can best use this wonderful gift to the Church, not to maintain the status-quo, but to enable us to grow. We will also need to think about how we resource this expansion in ministry.”
Further work is now taking place in order to prepare detailed recommendations for consideration by Diocesan Synod later in the year.