Bishop Paul started his ministry in our Diocese at the Inter Diocesan Learning Communities Conference in Liverpool on Thursday. The Inter Diocesan Learning Communities is just that, a group of dioceses who have agreed for their senior clergy and key staff to meet together and discuss how they can learn from each other as they work for growth.
Bishop Paul said “it’s one of those marvellous God-moments that my first day at work following the confirmation of election took me to this excellent conference. To be sitting with the Liverpool team alongside colleagues from across the country sharing ideas about how we can encourage churches to grow was a real delight.
I was moved and humbled by the service at York Minister. It brought home the enormity of the ministry I am about to shoulder, and the sense of responsibility and history that comes with the office of Bishop of Liverpool. But above all I felt supported by the prayers of the Diocese and I had a real sense that God’s mercy will equip me into this new role and that His faithfulness will support us all as we face the future together.
Now I am able to concentrate fully on my ministry in Liverpool. I thank God that I shall have time over the summer to pray and prepare, to meet others who shape the life of the Diocese, and to get ready for the inauguration of my public ministry in November. Let me thank you again for the warmth of your welcome and for your ongoing prayers.”