Vision 2026


What is Vision 2026?

‘Healthy Churches Transforming Communities’

We desire to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known, because we believe:

  • He is the One who brings ‘life in all its fullness’
  • Healthy church communities have a positive and transformative impact on our society.

We will work together to achieve this by:

Making disciples of Jesus Christ

  • Knowing the Scriptures better through reading, teaching, preaching and study
  • Praying with greater depth and urgency for the Kingdom of God to come
  • Giving generously of our time, talents and money to the cause of Christ

Being witnesses to Jesus Christ

  • Sharing the Gospel of salvation with confidence
  • Holding regular enquirers courses in as many local churches as possible
  • Showing God’s love in action through projects that meet a local human need
  • Offering thorough and accessible Baptism preparation and follow-up
  • Planting or renewing 50 new strategic congregations by 2026   

Growing leaders for Jesus Christ

  • Supporting and equipping the current leadership for today’s context
  • Enabling missional leadership in every Christian community
  • Liberating lay leadership for greater participation
  • Creating the varied patterns of Sunday and weekday worship necessary to welcome all kinds of people, especially the newcomer

Prioritising work among children, young people and schools to raise up a new generation for Christ

 

The Diocesan Vision Prayer

 Heavenly Father, we embrace Your call for us to make disciples, to be witnesses and to grow leaders.  Give us eyes to see Your vision, ears to hear the prompting of Your Spirit and courage to follow in the footsteps of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ


The Making Disciples of Jesus Christ Vision 2026 theme has the three prioirties listed below, with some questions to consider individually or as a church:


Knowing the Scriptures better through reading, teaching, preaching and study


  • Does your church have 'house/growth' groups that meet during the week for bible study and prayer? 
  • How often do you read your Bible? 
  • Did you know that Whalley Abbey has a Sprirituality Programme? 


 


Praying with greater depth and urgency for the Kingdom of God to come


  • Are you praying for five of your friends/family/colleagues/neighbours to know Jesus for themselves?
  • Does your church support the annual Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative between Ascension Day and Pentecost? 


 


Giving generously of our time, talents and money to the cause of Christ


  • Are you helping out in the life of your church practically and through prayer?
  • How is the level of your financial giving to the work of you parish?

Being Witnesses to Jesus Christ

The Being Witnesses to Jesus Christ Vision 2026 theme has the five prioirties listed below, with some questions to consider individually or as a church:

Sharing the Gospel of salvation with confidence

  • How many of your congrgation are confident in sharing their faith?
  • Are you aware of the 'Sharing your faith for the faint-hearted, fearful and flummoxed' course?

Holding regular enquirers courses in as many local churches as possible

  • When was the last time your parish ran an enquirers' course eg Start! Pilgrim, Alpha?

Showing God's Love through projects that meet a local human need

  • What activities are you involved with as a church that reach your local community through practical activities?

Offering thorough and accessible Baptism preparation and follow-up

  • How effective is your Baptism preparation in helping parents/Godparents/candidates understand the promoses that they are making? 
  • How do you keep in regular touch with people that have come to your church for a baptism (or funeral, wedding or confirmation) eg do you have a Facebook page?

Planting or renewing 50 new strategic congregations

  • Do you have a Fresh Expression of Church eg Messy Church?
  • Have you considered planting a new congregation that meets in a place other than your church eg local school, Costa Coffee?

Growing Leaders for Jesus Christ

The Growing Leaders for Jesus Christ Vision 2026 theme has the four priorities listed below, with some questions for you to consider individually or as a church:

 

Supporting and equipping the current leadership for today's context

  • Have your clergy participated in the Ministerial Development Review process?
  • Do your licensed lay workers have up to date ministry agreements?
  • Do your leadership attend diocesan and other training events?

Enabling missional leadership in every Christian community

  • How many of your leadership team and congregation are confident in sharing their faith?
  • Have you sought advice from the Parish Mission Support and/or Diocesan Evangelism Team in running missional events? 

Liberating lay leadership for greater participation

  • How many lay people are actively involved in leading services/activities in your church/parish?
  • Do you have house/growth/cell groups that meet regularly and are lay led?

Creating the varied patterns of Sunday and weekday worship necessary to welcome all kinds of people, especially the newcomer

  • Have you reviewed your service times recently?
  • Have you considered holding services at times other than Sunday morning?


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