Ten Transforming Goals
There are Ten Transforming Church Goals, setting out the Bishop’s vision for the Birmingham Diocese and helping us to share in a broader vision than the purely congregational. These are like the stalactites in a cave: they grow from the top down. Where this initiative will produce the strongest is where the ‘stalagmites’ and ‘stalactites’ grow to join each other and form a pillar.
To grow the number of adults, young people and children within the worshipping Christian community year on year.
To make the most of opportunities presented by the occasional offices, the church calendar and invitational events such as Back to Church Sunday.
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To develop an understanding of communications in every parish, promoting a church that is visible, welcoming and accessible.
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To develop a spiritually-enriching children’s and youth ministry in every parish and church school, encouraging clustering where appropriate.
To ensure that a Christian Basics course of some kind is offered in every parish at least once a year.
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To implement in every parish an appropriate strategy for making confident, prayerful disciples in their daily life.
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To encourage an increasing number of worshipping Christians to take tithing seriously, and to give at least 5% of their income to the local church.
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To increase the number, range and spiritual fruitfulness of partnerships and initiatives for social and environmental justice and community building across the Diocese and the world.
To increase the number of leaders of all ages, and drawn from every ethnic group, who are trained and deployed in the church and wider community.
To encourage every parish community to think through the challenges of relating constructively to those of other faiths.
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