Shortly after his arrival in 2011 Bishop Nicholas engaged the Diocese in a careful and prayerful process of exploration and discernment. Through the process of ‘Let us Talk’ and a series of deanery visits he invited us to explore who we are as a Diocese, where we are going and how God wants us to move forward. In 2015 he visited all Deaneries, met over 2,000 people and distributed nearly 20,000 prayer cards. In doing so he left local churches with three challenges:

What do you pray for?
Whom do you serve?
How will you grow?
The resulting vision – Renewing Hope: Pray, Serve, Grow – was endorsed by Diocesan Synod in 2016 and has since informed priorities in a number of important areas of our common life:

Prayer
Making prayer central whenever we meet
Creating more opportunities to pray together
Providing resources to help parishes and individuals to develop their prayer lives

Serve
Increasing the support and resources for promoting social justice

Grow
Increasing the training and support for nurturing disciples
Increasing vocations to ordained ministry by 60%
Increasing the training and support for rural ministry
Supporting new forms or expressions of church and worship
Providing direct support to help parishes grow
Aiming to grow church membership by 10% over the next 10 years
To help us evaluate Renewing Hope, Bishop John Gladwin, retired Bishop of Chelmsford, will be carrying out an independent, interim review throughout February and March.  I want to invite you to help by completing the Renewing Hope questionnaire.

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* 2. How would you describe your level of familiarity with Renewing - Hope Pray Serve Grow?

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* 3. In what ways have you heard about Renewing Hope? (Tick all that apply)

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* 4. How often do you see/hear references to Renewing Hope?

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* 5. To what extent does Renewing Hope shape the agendas of PCC Meetings?

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* 6. To what extent does Renewing Hope shape the agendas of Deanery Meetings?

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* 7. To what extent does Renewing Hope shape the agendas of Diocesan Meetings?

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* 8. To what extent does Renewing Hope shape the agendas of Church Groups?

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* 9. Have you used particular Funds to support Renewing Hope? (Tick all that apply)

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* 10. Have you used other funds or facilities to support Renewing Hope? (tick those that apply)

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* 11. Have you used any of the following Prayer resources to support Renewing Hope? (tick those that apply)

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* 12. Have you used any of the following Training/Conferences/Events to support Renewing Hope? (tick those that apply)

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* 13. Have you any of the following to support Renewing Hope? (tick those that apply)

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* 14. Have you or your church/group started any new Prayer initiatives in any of the following areas as a result of Renewing Hope? If so please give details:

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* 15. Have you or your church/group started any new Serve initiatives in any of the following areas as a result of Renewing Hope? If so please give details:

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* 16. Have you or your church/group started any new Grow initiatives in any of the following areas as a result of Renewing Hope? If so please give details:

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* 17. Overall, what impact has Renewing Hope had in the past 3 years on your Church and Community Groups?

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* 18. Overall, what impact has Renewing Hope had in the past 3 years on your Parish/Benefice?

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* 19. Overall, what impact has Renewing Hope had in the past 3 years on your Deanery?

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* 20. Overall, what impact has Renewing Hope had in the past 3 years on your Archdeaconry?

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* 21. Has Renewing Hope had any other impact not mentioned above?

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* 22. Are there any other comments you would like to make about Renewing Hope- Pray Serve Grow?

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