Manchester Diocese awarded £4.2m from Church Commissioners for its transformation journey

First published on: 16th December 2021

Bishop David Walker

A statement from Bishop David on Church Commissioner funding 

As we look towards the launch of our mission communities in the New Year, I’m excited to announce that Manchester Diocese has secured the support of the National Church for the next stage of our transformation journey, with the award this week of a total of £4.2m over the next five years.  This funding is testament to the confidence they have in our plans to support our parishes, invest in our leaders - both lay and ordained - and grow younger and more diverse.  It will help us make a step change in fulfilling our mission aspirations, enabling us to achieve our vision to be a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community, sharing the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in word and deed with people of all backgrounds across the whole of our diocese.

The support they are providing needs to be used wisely – this is transitional funding to help us move to new ways of working.  The majority of the funding is for roles based in parishes and mission communities.  It provides for 14 new roles, two in every deanery, working alongside our Area Deans and Lay Chairs.  There will be new workers focusing on children and families in every deanery, rolling out the successful Children Changing Places Programme we are running in Bolton.  Parishes and mission communities will be able to draw on support from new Transformation Support Officers in every deanery.  They will be supporting parishes with learning from one another, collaborating to replicate successful initiatives, as well as identifying areas where additional support may be required. The funding will also see increased investment in leadership development and support for all our leaders, both lay and ordained, with a particular focus on our new lay focal leaders.    

It’s an exciting time for us as a diocese, and I encourage you all to join us on this journey.  Over the coming months, all our mission communities will be coming together to ground this new endeavour in prayer, as well as explore missional opportunities.  There will also be events in each Archdeaconry to explore the role of focal leaders. I hope you will all take an active part in these conversations and continue to stay involved as we shape these new ways of supporting each other and working together.  

This is a fantastic opportunity for our diocese. I am sure that through our work together in mission communities we will be able to rise to the challenges we face and emerge stronger in our ability and commitment to do all that God is asking of us in our diocese.

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