Bishop James issues a challenge to PCCs

Bishop James has challenged PCCs to clear their agenda for one meeting and focus on three questions that challenge how we are relating to our localities.

A challenge to grow


Bishop James has challenged PCCs to clear their agenda for one meeting and focus on three questions that challenge how we are relating to our localities.

Talking in his latest podcast the Bishop highlights the example of Lord Shaftesbury who was focused on both the world and the church, stating we need the same tactics. Bishop James states that the church is not moving forward with the same dynamic as the New Testament church which day by day gathered together and grew in numbers.

Recognising that different challenges faced the New Testament church than we face today the Bishop states that if we are to be sustainable we need to involve people and grow in numbers. He suggests that to capture the “dynamic of the New Testament church that will give us in our time the verve, the vitality to grow again” we must look at leadership, love and locality.

That led to the Bishop’s challenge.

For PCCs to address the questions

How are we serving our community?
How can we kindle our love for God and our love for our neighbours?
How can we grow numerically?


And in addressing these questions the Bishop hopes the “Spirit of God will stir up within us the dynamic that we need in order to grow numerically as a Diocese.