Diocese to expand by 150 new communities by end of the decade

By James Smith

28th Nov 2020 | Local News

Coventry Diocese, of which Kenilworth has three churches, is set to expand by up to 150 new worshipping communities by the decade.

Diocesan Synod met earlier this week to discuss the Diocesan Growth Strategy, which can be seen above explained by Bishop of Coventry Christopher Cocksworth.

New communities will be created by existing church groups through a support network across the diocese. 'Mission Hub' churches will be vital in this expansion, creating new communities, not just replicating existing ones.

The synod approved the strategy with just 2% voting against the proposals, and 10% abstaining from the vote.

There are currently 244 church buildings as part of Coventry Diocese, three of which are in Kenilworth; St John's, St Nicholas', and St Barnabas'.

After the meeting of the synod, the Venerable Barry Dugmore, the Archdeacon Missioner said "I am humbled yet filled with a sense of anticipation and excitement for the future following Synod's decision to endorse our growth strategy and our vision for 150 new worshipping communities.

"The activity of Holy Spirit is evident in so many ways in our communities, with people of all ages spiritually curious, and not yet part of a church community.

"As God's people we are invited to see with fresh eyes 'ripe harvest fields' and partner together for work of the Kingdom, sharing our hope in the Good News of Jesus Christ.

"I look forward to working with others on our continuing endeavour and adventure of faith to grow the heart of England."

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