I am delighted to be able to announce that the Reverend Canon Dr Paul Moore has been appointed as the first Archdeacon for Mission Development in this Diocese. In this innovative new role, the first of its kind in the Church of England, Paul will be leading a newly formed Mission Development Team working across five key areas: developing and over-seeing fresh expressions of church and pioneering work across the Diocese, promoting social engagement (including establishing social enterprises), education, world mission partnerships, and enabling all forms of mission and training through the School of Mission.
Paul joins the Diocese of Winchester having served in the Diocese of Portsmouth for over a decade and as a parish priest for over 25 years. In that time he has become a leading figure in developing new ideas to welcome and encourage people into church and to reach beyond the church to people previously untouched by it. Paul is one of the founders of Messy Church, which is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary, a form of church where adults and children can explore faith together through imaginative and often messy craft activities and experience Christian community through interactive participative worship and a shared meal.
This is a very exciting time for the Diocese and I am delighted that Paul will be taking on this role. His extensive experience in parish ministry is the perfect foundation for the work he will be undertaking in our existing communities and beyond. I am sure you will want to join me in welcoming him, his wife Lucy and their two children to the Diocese. We anticipate he will take up his new role at the beginning of September.
In faith, hope and love
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin
The Bishop of Winchester