Bishop’s Council 16th July and 24th September 2015

Bishop’s Council 16th July and 24th September 2015

Report for Woodbridge Deanery Synod

  1. Lead theft from church roofs was the major topic of the September meeting, as several had taken place in the preceding fortnight. As the insurance cover is very limited unless an approved alarm is fitted, all PCCs are strongly encouraged to consider the situation and risk for their church.
  1. Dave Gardner as Director of Mission reported that many parishes had returned their “Growing in God” action plans and reminded the Council that their return is requested by 11th December. He is hoping for a good response and it would be great if Woodbridge Deanery was well represented.
  1. The Bishop wants to develop a clear five year trajectory for deployment, mission, evangelism and finance, so that the Diocese can move to a position where it is possible to be sustainable without just wishing people would give more money. He has therefore invited John Gilbert, who has undertaken this type of work in other areas, to work with the Bishop and others over a three month period to bring together all the work done so far and carry out some analysis, leading to a plan. The original intention had been to bring a proposal to Diocesan Synod in November, but this has gone back to the March Synod. John Gilbert’s work would be funded by the Church Commissioners, and so would not impact on Diocesan budgets.
  1. The Diocese was still looking to appoint a new Generous Giving Advisor, and would be re-advertising with a revised Job Description.
  1. Canon Allen informed the Council that General Synod had now approved the new faculty rules pointing out that the key difference is, that from 1st January 2016 repairs to the fabric of a church, if recommended from a Quinquennial inspection, would not require a faculty. Instead they could be approved by the Archdeacon once advice had been taken from the DAC.
  1. I have been re-elected to the Bishop’s Council for a further 3 years. There were not enough candidates to necessitate a vote!

Tony Allwood

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