Lincolnshire to get 100 new clergy and £5million 'Mission Fund'
The Church of England in Lincolnshire has agreed an ambitious new strategy - which features the launch of a £5 million Mission Fund for local community projects.
There are also fresh plans to employ more than 100 new members of the clergy across the county's churches.
The Diocese of Lincoln’s Synod, representing more than 500 parishes and congregations across the county, voted unanimously to implement the Diocese of Lincoln’s Central Services Review, which maps out these and other major changes to how the Church will operate across Lincolnshire’s communities.
The review, commissioned by the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson in 2011, involved a wide range of people, both inside and outside the diocese looking carefully at how it can support parishes more effectively, work more closely with its local communities and how its resources can be best used to support this work.
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The final recommendations were presented to and agreed unanimously by Synod this week.
The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: "This is a hugely exciting time for the Church of England in Lincolnshire and this agreement from Synod represents an important milestone to us becoming a Faithful, Confident and Joyful Diocese.
"We’ve set out ambitious plans for the future. They mean we can offer new opportunities for people seeking to make a difference, whether they are ordained priests or local people with an important community project that needs support. Big or small, the Church is here to help and should be at the heart of communities.
"When I took up the post of Bishop of Lincoln two years ago, I was touched by the amount of good activities already underway. This is about ensuring this excellent work is given more resources and more support so that every corner of the Diocese can benefit."