Several members of the Parish Growth Group were able to attend a significant conference on Diocesan Evangelism Strategies at Swanwick in Derbyshire in January 2017, where we were joined by Bishop Joanna.
Alone of the Welsh Dioceses we were invited to make a presentation on our Diocesan strategy, which was given by Revd Canon Alan Chadwick and much interest was shown in our concept of focal ministers.
In the autumn, the Bishop called together a new Evangelism and Evangelisation team which met properly in January 2018. This meant some rethinking of the role of the Parish Growth Group which as a result, has now been reformed with new membership under the coordination of the Archdeacon of Cardigan.
Its task will now be: to work alongside the Evangelism and Evangelisation team to promote ways in which churches can do better those things which they already do to present the good news of Jesus; to build the worshipping and witnessing community; and to make growth a natural part of every church’s life.
Ven Dr Will Strange Chair, Parish Growth Group