Diocese publishes Statement of Needs

The responsibility for choosing the next Bishop of Bristol rests with the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) which submits the name of a preferred candidate to the Crown.

Before the CNC meets, there has been extensive consultation process to inform the decision making. The diocesan Vacancy in See Committee puts together a description of the diocese and a statement setting out the desired profile of the new bishop, based on its own consultation; this comes alongside a wider consultation exercise carried out by the Prime Minister’s and Archbishops’ Secretaries for Appointments.

The Diocese of Bristol's Statement of Needs has now been published and can be downloaded here.

The CNC will meet to discuss the appointment and shortlist on 1 February 2018, and meet with candidates on 12 and 13 March 2018.

Assuming an appointment is made, we expect an announcement in May 2018, and an inauguration in the autumn.

"It is a document which honestly reflects who we are as a Diocese – the realities of our identity and context – and our desire to build on the foundations laid in recent years in going deeper, wider and further in our holiness and mission.  I want to encourage your congregations to read it and to use it as we move forward in exploring the diocesan vision and priorities within our own contexts.My hope and prayer as we enter this next season in our life as a Diocese is that we will continue to see God move in humbling ways through our churches and within our communities.  Rooted in prayer and the fellowship we enjoy through the Holy Spirit, may we see Christ more clearly in all we do in witness to the Good News of the Gospel."  The Very Revd Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon and Acting Diocesan Bishop

A full explanation of the process can be found here.

Posted on 8th January 2018