INTRODUCING OUR VISION CHAMPION ...
... Linda Pounder.
Our new Vision Champion is Linda Pounder, who has taken over the role from Ruth Fort, who is now training for ordination. Linda is a long-term member of St Stephen's and is committed to doing everything possible to enable and encourage church members to fulfil the objectives of the Blackburn Diocesan Vision - to embrace God’s call to make disciples, to be witnesses, and to grow leaders.
VISION 2026 RATIONALE:
The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese) desires to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known, because we believe:
→ He is the One who brings 'life in all its fullness'
→ Healthy church communities have a positive and transformative impact on our society.
We will work together to achieve this by:
MAKING DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
- Knowing the Scriptures better through reading, teaching, preaching and study
- Praying with greater depth and urgency for the Kingdom of God to come
- Giving generously of our time, talents and money to the cause of Christ.
BEING WITNESSES TO JESUS CHRIST
- Sharing the Gospel of salvation with confidence
- Holding regular enquirers' courses in as many local churches as possible
- Showing God's love in action through projects that meet a local human need
- Offering thorough and accessible Baptism preparation and follow-up
- Planting or renewing 50 new strategic congregations by 2026
GROWING LEADERS FOR JESUS CHRIST
- Supporting and equipping the current leadership for today's contaxt
- Enabling missional leadership in every Christian community
- Liberating lay leadership for greater participation
- Creating the varied patterns of Sunday and weekday worship necessary to welcome all kinds of people, especially the newcomer
- Prioritising work among children, young people and schools to raise up a new generation for Christ
For further information on Vision 2026, visit the Blackburn Diocesan Website: http://www.blackburn.anglican.org