Initial consultation on Our New Bishop finishes

The Vacancy in See committee has been overwhelmed by the response to the public consultation on what we want to see from our new bishop.

Individuals, community groups, PCCs and study groups have all responded with suggestions on their five priorities for the Bishop, the five things you would tell him and what he needs to do in his first 100 days.

A subcommittee, the drafting committee, is now looking at pulling everything together in a document which sets out the qualities we are looking for and what our new bishop can expect to find in our diocese. This document, called our statement of needs, is the main document for discerning who God is calling to our diocese.

Dean of Liverpool, Pete Wilcox chairs the drafting committee. He said “on behalf of the committee I would like to thank everyone who took part in this consultation. Every submission has been read carefully and will help shape the final document we produce. The wide range and depth of engagement with this will help us be more confident as we move to the next stage”.

What happens next is a visit from the Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretaries on December 2nd and 3rd. They will be holding a series of meetings to get a flavour of our diocese to inform the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) who ultimately recommend a candidate. They will also meet with the full Vacancy in See Committee who will also be nominating 6 members to represent us on the CNC. We then are in the hands of the CNC and we hope to be able to announce who our new bishop in by the middle of 2014.

Pete Wilcox added “This consultation so far has further demonstrated how important our new bishop is. Getting someone with the right qualities to build on our growth, meet future challenges and lead us into the future is essential. I believe we have an excellent grasp of the type of person we’re looking for and am confident as we move to the next stage of the process.

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Pray for our new Bishop

We want to surround this discernment process with prayer and are encouraging churches and individuals to pray when during the visit of the appointments secretaries. You can use the prayer below of find your own method but we believe in the power of our diocese praying together as we seek to discern who our new bishop will be.

Heavenly Father, whose risen Son gives gifts of service and leadership to his Church:grant the wisdom of your Holy Spirit to all who will discern and choose the next Bishop of Liverpool.
Lead us, Lord, in your righteousness and make your way plain to us all.
Grant strength to your servant called to serve you as Bishop in this place, that he may be a faithful and wise steward of your grace. 
We ask this through him who came not to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.