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Diocese of Chelmsford publishes Statement of Needs

Entertainment / Sat 8th Aug 2020 am31 09:50am

Diocese of Chelmsford publishes Statement of Needs to help identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford

THE process to identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford is well underway and the Diocese of Chelmsford’s Vacancy in see Committee – the group that manages and oversees the Diocese’s role in the process – has published its Statement of Needs.

The document, which helps tells the story of the Diocese of Chelmsford, incorporates views which were gathered as part of a public consultation.

There was a huge response to the consultation with over one thousand submissions received from churches, individuals and other community groups across Essex and East London. This included the views of young people in the diocese who took part online and through consultation activities in schools and church youth groups.

The Statement of Needs will be read by candidates as well as the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the national body that will interview candidates and ultimately nominate someone to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford. The CNC will make their nomination to the Prime Minister who, if he accepts will advise Her Majesty the Queen, who will formally appoint the next Bishop of Chelmsford.

The Statement of Needs sets out what people value most about the Church of England in Essex and East London and the challenges and opportunities the new Bishop will face and the qualities the 11th Bishop of Chelmsford will need to bring to the role, particularly as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

The document states:
“We are praying for a bishop who will lead the Diocese of Chelmsford with faith, imagination, energy and confidence as together we grasp the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Canon Robert Hammond, one of the elected members to the Crown Nominations Commission and Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee says:
“Thank you to everyone who took part in our Diocesan consultation to help identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford. The responses gathered from all corners of the diocese, have helped us put together a Statement of Needs that captures the extraordinary variety of cultures and traditions in our wonderfully diverse diocese. The document will be enormously helpful to the Crown Nominations Commission and candidates as we continue to discern who God is calling to be the eleventh Bishop of Chelmsford.”

Read the statement of needs here – www.chelmsford.anglican.org/our-next-bishop.

The process of identifying the next Bishop of Chelmsford began after Archbishop Stephen Cottrell left the role in April. He formally become the Archbishop of York on 9 July at a service that was livestreamed on Facebook due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

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