Reorganising questions in Ely Diocese

Proposals for reorganisation and deployment of clergy in Ely diocese are often discussed. Indeed, the Church of England as a whole has to look at where its clergy are, and at how society is changing.

However, sometimes one wonders whether those in authority in the church are targeting parishes too much. One wonders whether the questions asked are searching enough.

For example – What proposals are there for a reduction in senior staff and administration in the diocese? How is it proposed that they will contribute more to worship and ministry in parishes? Do those in authority wish to lead by example?

What proposals are there to involve much more closely university, hospital, prison and college chaplains into the life of the diocese? We know the reply will be that they are paid by others, however the Bishop (or a bishop) licenses them and strong encouragement can be put to them to have links with ministries in parishes or appropriate localities.

What steps are being taken to spread out clergy more around the diocese, away from centres such as Cambridge?


What criteria for success / growth are to be applied?




One Response to “Reorganising questions in Ely Diocese”

  1. Paul Preston Says:

    Yes Awdry you have a good point here. The policy of spreading the clergy and other resources ever more thinly throughout the diocese with concentrations in places like Cambridge is following a policy with a proven track record of failure.

    How about investing in schemes that have been shown to expand and grow the church. I am fed up with people compaining about empty pews. I am part of a village church in the diocese that is growing and doing well and I feel the diocese contribute little to help. We had to learn the ropes ourselves for finding out how to put a new roof on the church. The diocese should be able to pool expertise in areas like that. They spend their time planning for decline instead of turning the situation round.

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