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20s-40s FUNDING CONFIRMED We have heard today that the Diocese of York has secured funding for the full implementation of its plan to develop new worshipping communities with a focus on those in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
The Church Commissioners, who administer the historic endowments of the Church of England, have approved funding of just over £3 million from their Strategic Development Fund for the Diocese of York’s plans, alongside other grants for a variety of growth initiatives across the national church.
The Diocese of York’s plans include the placement of 14 full-time ministers and up to 25 part-time lay ministers within existing parishes across the Diocese, tasked with enabling the formation of new worshipping communities and inspiring fresh approaches in other areas, focused on meeting the needs of those aged from their 20s to their 40s.
The initiatives have been developed over two years of consultation and engagement as part of a wider intention to ‘reach those we currently don’t’, and stand alongside plans to develop the church’s ministry amongst those living in poverty.
With a dedicated Working Group and in frequent consultation with the Archbishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod, Archdeacon of the East Riding Andy Broom has steered the project bid to this momentous point on behalf of the Diocese:
“This is good news for our diocese and for the many in their twenties to forties who aren’t currently in our churches. We thank God for this financial provision and pray that through the strategic use of the new appointments, and the new resources available for all churches, that we can see a transformation in how we reach and disciple younger adults.
“The diocesan goal ‘Reaching those we currently don’t’ requires fresh thinking and imaginative approaches. As a diocese we are responding to this challenge and we trust that we will see many lives being changed as churches work out how to reach younger adults in their contexts.”
The 20s-40s initiatives are amongst those to be overseen by the Revd Richard White, recently-appointed Diocesan Director of Making and Nurturing Disciples: “What a great moment to arrive in the Diocese of York! I’m grateful to everyone who has prayed and worked so hard to reach this point, and I can’t wait to see the new team of 20s-40s ministers taking shape and bringing plans to life across the Diocese.”
The Diocese has already identified a number of serving clergy as suitable for the full-time 20s–40s minister roles, to be matched with 14 chosen locations; the remaining posts have been advertised externally with the intention that all will start by September 2019. In addition to the placement of the full-time and part-time 20s-40s ministers across the Diocese, the other key element of the plan is the establishment of St Michael-le-Belfrey, York, as a Resource Church that will ‘plant out’ every two years, starting in 2022, with a succession of curates who will fuel the growth amongst 20s-40s.
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