Diocesan Vision & Strategy
Our region is young, diverse, creative, dynamic and constantly changing. In the midst of the political, economic, social and environmental changes, God is at work, inside and outside the church. In the lives of all sorts of people, in the search for justice and in acts of care and compassion we see Christ at work and by the power of the Holy Spirit we are urged and equipped to join in with our hearts on fire, always ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us.
Since 2009, Transforming Church has been shaping our vision across the Church of England in Birmingham, guiding us to be a Church that is growing ‘larger, wider, deeper and younger’ – a Church that is a transforming presence at the heart of our communities.
Transforming Church was launched in 2009 in a memorable service at St Martin-in-the-Bull-Ring. The strapline spells out its core mission: to ‘grow churches at the heart of each community’. As such, Transforming Church has always had its heart in local parishes and in all forms of growth: numerical, spiritual and transformational. Seven Areas of Transformation alongside Ten Diocesan Goals have provided the framework for this.
Shaping the Future
Following consultation the ‘Growing Younger’ initiative was launched by the Bishop of Birmingham and the Archbishop of Canterbury in February 2015. Growing Younger fulfils Transforming Church Goal 4: "to develop a spiritually enriching children’s and youth ministry in every parish and church school."
In 2016 there was another consultation from which it became clear that Transforming Church still provided a vision and framework that parishes found helpful, and that more resources to support other areas were needed.
Work began in the spring of 2016 to discern and shape priorities for the next five years, mindful of both local needs and the mission challenges facing the Church nationally. At the start of 2017, we heard that we had been given another significant grant by the Church Commissioners towards a new phase of Transforming Church: Shaping the Future. This new phase builds on the good work already established through Growing Younger and the wider Transforming Church framework.
The film below was produced to introduce Shaping the Future: