Diocese of Winchester

Jill Garrett & Andrew Robinson on Journeying together; the purpose of the sessions focused on Strategic Priorities.

This is a live blog – apologies for any spelling mistakes and/or typos

Over the next few days a number of sessions thinking about strategy.  There will be overlap with what +Tom, +Tim and Jill say.

Understanding the practical nature of the “MIssional Journey” we are on together as one diocese – how would I live differently, how would my work be different, how would our communities be different.

Praying, listening to the Spirit and to others, discussing and agreeing the direction of our travel.

Practically planning how we will engage, commit to action and move forward as one diocese, including how you lead your communities:

  • To understand
  • Pray and wait on the Spirit
  • Engage and to commit to action in their communities

If the Bishop’s Staff Team just say accept these priorities, then you won’t engage, similarly it wouldn’t work in your local church and community.

The aim is then as one diocese we can live out the mission of Jesus in the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

John Stott: “We are called to double listening, listening to the Word and listening to the world.”  You know more about anyone else about your community, but we need to listen with the word of God.

David prayed to God for ordinary things: 2 Samuel 22:30: “With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall.”  2 Samuel 22:37: “You broaden the path beneath me so that my ankles do not turn over.”  But before he does any of that “he enquired of the Lord saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’” (1 Samuel 23:2).  That is where we are as a Diocese, understanding where God wants us to go.

Luke 4:14-19 very clear priorities to Christ:

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:


“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,


to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


What does the Spirit say to you?  There has never been a Diocesan Conference before, and as The Message says “This is God’s year to act!” what is God saying to us this year.

The why and impact of strategy

VIsion is the future we long to see in the diocese and sets our destination as we journey together.  +Tim invites us to share the vision he has for the diocese.

When Jesus sent the 72 out he told them to shake the dust off their feet when they were not made welcome.

Strategy defines the route we will take to the destination as together we seek to “Live the Mission of Jesus.”

Strategy enables us to give clear priorities, to direct resources, to ensure the vision thrives in our own communities, in the diocese and more widely, this is good stewardship.

As synod you are responsible for setting the vision.

Establish strategic direction

The Bishop and Staff Team enable leadership to move forward as one body but it cannot be top down.  You are called to listen to the Spirit about what it means to live out the mission of Jesus in communities throughout the diocese, so that you can decide the priorities.

To engage, equip and motivate, churches and communities equally need to sit and prayer and discuss together the strategy for this missional journey.


  • Listen to the spirit about the areas of diocesan focus
  • Share 4 strategic priorities the Bishop Staff Team have considered and look at how these align to the priorities you have identified.
  • Look at how those two streams sit together and move forward together.

What is the Spirit of God saying to you about where the diocese should focus effort as we seek to live out God’s mission as a diocese.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

2 thoughts on “4thought.tv feature Revd David Patterson atheist Church of England vicar”

  1. Some very interesting stuff in that little clip, but I did find myself proclaiming “what!?” rather a lot during his little section. Of course the parables of Jesus can teach lessons without there being a God. All very strange. Why on earth someone who doesn’t believe in God would work for a Church in a role like that of a vicar is quite confusing. I suppose it does say something about the way in which, certainly at that time (not being CofE I can’t comment on current practice), the Church of England appointed vicars if they didn’t at least check that a potential vicar, you know, actually believes in God!

    1. Thanks for the comment Ally, I agree on both sides it doesn’t make sense – why would you want to work for the Church of England if that is your position, there are plenty of charities that do good with doing faith so why not work there; and then how on earth did he get through the selection panels when we hear of good people being turned down – it does all seem slightly bizarre.

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