Manchester is a vibrant diocese of opportunity and creativity. Its rich mixture of church traditions makes it a wonderful place to engage in Gospel ministry.
Our diocesan vision is to be a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community. We want to be a Church for a Different World. All our energy, effort and prayer is focused on achieving our vision by 2030.
Our short film brings our vision to life. With examples of creative and varied ministry across the diocese, we hope it will excite, encourage and inspire you.
Our Strategy 2020-2030
The diocesan strategy for the next ten years is set out in our Strategy Document. It describes our mission goals of growing, nurturing and serving, and the support that will be offered from the centre to support parishes in meeting our goals.
Mission Communities: An inspiring vision for local ministry
Our proposals for mission communities will enable us to work together in growing, nurturing and serving our communities across the Diocese of Manchester.
Our inspiring vision for the future of local ministry is outlined in Mission Community Guidance – published in November 2021 – and which includes the agreed mission community boundaries. Our plans for mission communities have been shaped over the last two years by conversations involving many people across the diocese. A summary of their feedback is published here.
The latest Mission Community Guidance communicates our vision for mission communities, along with the key principles we should apply in their creation and the mission community boundaries which were agreed at Bishop’s Council on 18 November 2021. It also includes practical guide for our mission communities, and a broad timetable for the year ahead.
For more information, please visit the mission communities webpage.
During 2022 mission communities will begin coming together, both in prayer and in action. Mission communities will be identifying ways in which they can work together to:
- Release missional energy, by bringing clergy and laity together in teams to serve their communities.
- Be dynamic, intentional and focused on the goals we have always wanted to achieve - growing our church, helping people grow in their faith and serving our local communities.
- Develop new ways of working, with a focus on developing specific ministries and skills to meet the needs of local people.
- Allow for a variety of expressions of church within a given locality.
- Ensure we have greater diversity in our mission teams which in turn will support innovation across our mission communities.
- Strengthen the support we provide for ordinands and lay ministers.
We would encourage you all to engage with these exciting conversations in your locality and explore how we can now prioritise the most important work of all – to become the growing, nurturing and serving church that we so long for here in Manchester Diocese.