Focus area 3 – planting new churches and congregations everywhere we can

As part of the Common Vision process we are also exploring six areas of focus for the whole diocese. This interview with the Archdeacon of Oxford looks at progress so far. The interview was recorded at the area deans meeting in January 2018.

Summary:
A population the size of Edinburgh is due to arrive in the diocese by 2030 (almost half a million people). Engagement with existing churches is falling in some areas. We need a vigorous new strategy for planting new churches and to become a more mixed economy church. This group is proposing a clear goal by 2025 to see 750 new congregations of 15 or more; 50 new churches with over a 100 members and 4 new churches with over 250 members. They also want to see a more permission giving culture and more than 18,000 people in new worshipping communities.