Living Faith for the Future was a vision for the Diocese of Oxford for the five years 2009/14, approved by diocesan synod in November 2008. Although the initial five-year period has come to an end, Living Faith continues to inform the life and work of the diocese.

The Living Faith vision offers five priorities which resemble a palette of colours that everyone can use to create their own distinctive work of art.

The central strands are holistic mission and sustaining spirituality.

The vision is the transformation of all human life under God. The purpose is to join with God in creating a caring, sustainable and growing Christian presence in every part of the Diocese of Oxford, enabling every Christian and every Christian community to live and share the love of God, seen in the life of Jesus Christ.

We decided to concentrate on one of the five priorities each year, over the initial five-year period of Living Faith.

This was not intended to be to the exclusion of the others, but just to help focus our thinking and some of the resources we are offering.

Sustaining the Sacred Centre This is about encouraging and enabling clergy and lay people to deepen their enjoyment of God, and to recognize God’s presence in everyday life.
LF_Strands_v2 Making Disciples is about the core task left to us by Jesus. It usually takes the form of accompanying people on a journey to faith by the intentional use of nurture courses, mentoring, the catechumenate (an ancient approach to accompanied journeying), or simple friendship.
Making a Difference in the World This is about recognising that in a holistic understanding of God’s action in the world, there is no mission without social justice; that social justice and prophetic witness cannot be put in a box as a specialism or an extra, but is at the heart of the calling of every Christian community in its own context.
Creating Vibrant Christian Communities This is about shaping ‘communities of grace’ which exhibit the character of Jesus. Such attractive communities are genuinely hospitable, deeply engaged with their communities, and passionate about God.
Shaping Confident Collaborative Leadership This is about developing leadership using all the resources available to the local church. It would involve consolidation in some parishes and new work in others to build up shared ministry in teams, with appropriate training and support.

You can download our Living Faith resources here. Hard copies are available by request from Church House Oxford. Please contact Reception (01865 208200) to find out more.

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