Growing as Kingdom People

Our diocesan vision is to grow as Kingdom People, sharing the good news of Jesus’ love in Worcestershire and Dudley. 

As the body of Christ, we join together to worship God creatively, make disciples, share hope, and transform communities.

Following two rounds of Open Conversations about the future of our Church, we are now working with deaneries and parishes through a series of local discussions. 

We want to enable church communities across the Diocese to grow in health and sustainability by: 

  • Inspiring local church communities to be ambitious in generating appropriately local responses that enable them to flourish and grow.
  • Equipping and strengthening church communities by providing training, and by establishing new approaches and forms of support.
  • Adopting leadership models that support and develop ordained and lay leaders in enabling local church communities to be adaptive, and to grow spiritually, numerically and in depth of discipleship.
  • Promoting wise stewardship that ensures financial stability and provides the space to deliver a robust growth programme, that increases the number of healthy and sustainable churches.

Update on the transformation programme

Archdeacon Nikki and Rob Quarton have put together a 10-minute film to give an update on our transformation programme. It can be downloaded to be shown in zoom PCC meetings or church services to enable everyone to keep informed about progress.

Nikki describes and celebrates all that has been achieved so far, and outlines some next steps. She says:

"Clearly the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions on gathering in person for meetings and worship will impact progress during 2021, and we will need to pace appropriately, aware of the wearying effects of the pandemic on us all. But planning for healthy and sustainable churches in the short and longer term remains a priority, and we will continue to work together and pray together as the journey continues."

Growing in health & sustainability - the change framework

Changes to our deaneries

One of the key enablers to enable us to grow as a healthy and sustainable church was reducing the number of deaneries.  We have now moved from 13 to 6 deaneries. 

Conversations about the future of our Church

Thank you to everyone who joined our second set of Open Conversations looking at how we can effectively resource a healthy and sustainable Church into the future. 

The conversations were a chance to hear more about the strategy for mission and ministry across the Diocese and think about how it might impact on your own church. Only by working together can we ensure that we can grow as Kingdom People and as a healthy and sustainable church - worshipping God creatively, making disciples, sharing hope and transforming communities. 

Don't worry if you weren't able to make one of the meeitngs - all the resources from the meetings can be found below and we will shortly be adding in all the videos that were used as well as shorter form of the meeting which you can watch and share with others. 

Other resources


Pictures from the Open conversations

Feedback from the open conversations Dec 19 - Feb 20

Nine different sessions were held in different venues throughout the Diocese in December 2019 to February 2020. Thank you to everyone who came to the open conversations and filled out the feedback sheet. 

Read a summary of the feedback. If you'd like a hard copy, please do feel free to contact the diocesan office.

Download the booklet given out at the open conversations.

Page last updated: 5th February 2021 10:29 AM
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