Renewal & Reform is an ambitious programme of work, which seeks to provide a narrative of hope to the Church of England in the 21st century. It is rooted in a sense of Biblical hope and an understanding of Christ’s call to us to pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into the harvest field.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out his workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2
Renewal & Reform aims to build on the 3 goals articulated by General Synod in 2010 to:
- Contribute as the national church to the common good
- Facilitate the growth of the church in numbers and depth of discipleship
- Re-imagine the church’s ministry
In doing so it looks specifically to address some of the deep-rooted missional challenges facing the Church of England and it prayerfully hopes to see a growing church as fruit of all these labours, growth understood in its fullest sense.
Renewal & Reform seeks to build on the excellent work already taking place across the church to articulate a hopeful future for our churches and, more particularly, the communities we serve. But it doesn’t seek to duck the serious challenges we face but rather is based on a realistic assessment of where we are and how we might respond.
And one of the clear and intended outcomes of this work is to reverse the decline of the Church of England so that we become a growing church, in every region and for every generation; a church open to and for everyone in England, building up the Body of Christ and working for the common good; a confident church,equipping new generations of leaders, ordained and lay, for ministry and mission.