As the Vacancy in See Committee starts its work we announce the process for discerning the next Bishop of Liverpool
Our Bishop is a significant figure. Significant as a leader for our diocese. Significant for the lifeblood of the region. With a list of illustrious predecessors – from Bishop John Ryle through to Bishop James Jones the incumbents have left a huge legacy. The next Bishop will be a spiritual leader for the community and church and will be an ambassador for the area and play a vital role in local life.
So it is important to have an idea of the person that we think would be suitable for the role.
We’re asking your views on the qualities of person you would like to see. You can take part in a variety of ways by answering these simple questions
• What would you say are the top 5 priorities for the next Bishop of Liverpool?
• What are the top 5 things you would want to tell the next Bishop of Liverpool?
• What are the 3 things you think the new bishop should do in his first 100 days?
We are encouraging our parishes and church groups to do this in their PCCs, home groups, prayer groups. But we’re keen to hear from individuals, residents associations and community groups. Anyone can make their voice heard in this process and we’re making it as easy as possible for you to take part.
Ultimately the appointment is made by the Queen who is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. She is advised in this by the Prime Minister’s Office and a committee known as the Crown’s Nominations Commission which helps make all senior clergy appointments in the church.
The Diocese of Liverpool has a committee, called the Vacancy in See Committee, which works to discern the type of person who would be good to lead our diocese. They lead our diocese in the prayerful process of discerning the right candidate. They consult with others in the diocese and draft a document which sets out to potential candidates the type of person we are looking for. They also elect 6 people who will represent our diocese on the national Crown’s Nominations Commission.
Stuart Haynes, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Liverpool said “it’s vital we get the right person to fill this crucial leadership role. The church has a massively important task ahead of it and our diocese, city and region has always respected the leadership of its Bishop. By consulting widely, using as many modern methods as we can, we believe that we will truly hear the voice of God as we work together to discern who will best be the eighth Bishop of Liverpool”.