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The Church of England is looking to appoint the next Bishop of Chester to lead the Diocese of Chester, and the Vacancy in See Committee is seeking your views on who that person should be and the qualities he or she should have. 

There are three ways to participate in the consultation and it is open to all, please feel to share and pass on the details. 

Parts one and two below will form the diocesan consultation. Comments will be received and read by the Vacancy in See Committee, the group tasked with preparing a brief description of the diocese and a statement setting out the desired profile of the next bishop.

 



ONE - Complete the online survey

We have created a short survey of five questions for you to complete. You are invited to contribute your thoughts as an individual, committee, PCC, or group. This forms part of the diocesan consultation.

There are two ways to complete the survey:

ONE (Preferred) - Give your views via the online form

TWO - Email your responses to the five survey questions.

If you wish to discuss the questions as a group you can download the questions to aid your discussions or print out these five blank question sheets to scribble on. 


Deadline for submissions: 10 September

 



TWO - Attend the public meeting

A public meeting hosted by the appointments secretaries for the Archbishops, and the Prime Minister, will be held in the evening of Wednesday 25 September at Hartford. Any person is welcome to attend. 

St John's, Hartford

St John's Church
School Lane
Hartford
Cheshire
CW8 1NP

7.15 - 8.45pm


Wednesday 25 September

 



THREE - Write to the appointments secretaries

Any person wishing to comment on the needs of the diocese or the wider church, or who wishes to propose candidates, can write to the appointments secretaries of the Archbishops, and the Prime Minister. Writing to the appointments secretaries will feed directly into the wider consultation conducted by the Crown Nominations Commission, the body that will ultimately decide who will be the next Bishop of Chester.

Canon Caroline Boddington
Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments
Second Floor
Church House
London
SW1P 3AZ

E: Caroline.Boddington@churchofengland.org

Mr Richard Tilbrook
Prime Minister’s Secretary for Appointments
c/o Honours & Appointments Secretariat
Room G37
Ground Floor
1 Horse Guards Road
London
SW1A 2HQ


Deadline for submissions: 30 September
 



What is the Vacancy in See Committee

The Vacancy in See Committee is responsible for:

  • preparing a brief description of the diocese and a statement setting out the desired profile of the next bishop; and
     
  • electing the diocesan representatives to the Crown Nominations Commission.

A list of those people on the Vacancy in See Committee

Establishing the needs of the diocese is the first stage of the process. The survey aims to identify what the challenges and priorities are for the ministry of the next diocesan bishop and, in the light of these, the skills and gifts that he or she is likely to need.

Because of the variety of roles which diocesan bishops have, not only within the Church of England but also in the local community and the nation at large, the choice of the next Bishop of Chester is not made by representatives of the diocese alone.

Six diocesan representatives will be elected to work with representatives of the Church of England as a whole, under the presidency of the Archbishops. They will form the Crown Nominations Commission, the body that will ultimately nominate someone to be the next Bishop of Chester.

An announcement is expected in Spring 2020. 

 


 

A prayer for the Diocese

Almighty God,
who sent Jesus Christ
to be the cornerstone of your Kingdom
and to call us to follow him.
We thank you for Bishop Peter,
for his faithful service in building your Kingdom in the Diocese of Chester.
Guide your Church, by the Holy Spirit,
to show love and mercy as we build your Kingdom.
We pray for the person you are calling to be the next Bishop of Chester;
bless, guide and strengthen them to answer your call;
in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.