Podcast

Focus area 6 – celebrating and blessing Milton Keynes

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 Buckingham looks at progress so far. The interview was recorded at the area deans meeting in January 2018.

Summary:
A new prayer initiative has begun in Milton Keynes. There has been a lot of deep listening. There is a desire to appreciate all that is good but also to think boldly and creatively about ways forward. This group wants to emphasise that it is “not about the money”. They will not be seeking a disproportionate allocation of diocesan resource to Milton Keynes. They have identified six critical ways forward for mission in the city.

Focus area 5 – putting the discipleship of all at the heart of our common life

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

Summary:
This group recognises that it is working at deep cultural issues in our common life and that there are no easy answers. They are exploring how faith is re-ignited, how confidence to live out our faith is increased and how people can be equipped and energised to live as disciples.

Focus area 4 – serving every school in our community

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

Summary:
This group has done a lot of listening to the need to support engagement with every school in the diocese and is beginning now to develop good ways of doing this for the future.

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.

Focus area 2 – sharing our faith

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 Dorchester looks at progress so far. The interview was recorded at the area deans meeting in January 2018.

Summary:
This group is exploring contact, conversation and dynamic catechesis as three key ways forward in intentional evangelism and sharing our faith.

Focus Area 1 – making a bigger difference in the world and serving the poor

As part of the Common Vision process, we are also exploring six areas of focus for the whole diocese. The interview with the diocesan social responsibility advisor was recorded at the area deans meeting in January 2018.

Summary:
This group is looking carefully at three common areas of concern: at access to housing across the diocese; at tackling climate change and at putting fresh energy into community engagement.

Bishop Steven introduces the six focus areas

Over a hundred people from across the diocese came together on Saturday 20th January to reflect on progress so far in our common vision process. We gathered as lay chairs, area deans, members of Bishop’s Council and others who had shared in our Common Vision conference in May.