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Diocese of Lichfield aiming to help churches transform communities

Changes to the way the Diocese of Lichfield administers its parishes will help the church to “transform communities”.

Julie Jones

Julie Jones

The pledge came in a letter from Julie Jones, Chief Executive and Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Lichfield ahead of a reorganisation of the church’s administrative centre at St Mary’s House.

The letter highlighted that collaboration would be key dor the church going forward.

Mrs Jones explained:

“We must do all we can to work together in unity to grow the Kingdom of God.  Those of us in St Mary’s House need to be working collaboratively with all our parishes enabling us to make new disciples, win new generations and transform communities.”

Mrs Jones succeeded David Taylor, who had been Diocesan Secretary for almost 20 years, when she began her role in August 2009.

And after, thanking people for making her feel welcome in the role, she outlined how the diverse nature of the Diocese would be a help rather than a hindrance in the future.

She continued:

“Thank you, not just for the warmth of your welcome to the new girl, but also for the way you have continued to give sacrificially to the common purse despite hard economic times and your desire to do new things at parish level. Additionally, so many people have been open and honest with me about their perceptions of life in the Diocese. Such openness has helped me understand better some of your frustrations and hopes for change.

“I want people to know that the Diocese administration is here to empower parishes – that is why we have issued the leaflet Putting Parishes FIRST and re-structured the team to give us the best chance of making that happen. I hope it’s given us all a platform to build on as we continue to work together to honour God in our vast and diverse Diocese.

“Diversity is not a negative thing. Understanding our differences, difficulties and frustrations should ultimately strengthen us.”

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