Two months into the job, and we are loving being with you!
Cromer is a beautiful place, with a great community, and a church full of people with good hearts. I have often introduced services that I have led with the words, “It is a privilege to lead this church,” because it is, as we look around and see all that God has done over many years, and look ahead to all that God wants to do in the future.
As we begin our time here we are working from the centre outwards, beginning by investing in the staff team, getting to know key leaders and discovering the main encouragements and challenges for the church through discussions in leadership teams and action groups. We are simply trying to build a picture of our present reality, which compared to many churches in Norfolk is a healthy one, and for that we need to give thanks. Many of our structures and practices have served us well to get us to where we are - growth in numbers that makes us one of the largest Anglican churches in Norfolk.
I have just returned, with Peter, from the National Larger Anglican Churches Consultation. Our time there confirmed, however, what Katie and I have discovered - that many of our structures and practices will need to change if we are to allow God to continue to grow our church, through reaching the many thousands of people around us with the greatest news there is... Jesus.
Over the coming months, we need to renew our church’s focus on who we are, why we are here, and where we are going - revisiting our Purpose, discovering our Core Values, and discerning a clear Vision of what God is asking of us for our future. There will be more about this in December’s issue of Church Family News Extra, as much of this process will begin intentionally in January, so watch this space!
In the meantime, we really look forward to getting to know more of you in the run up to Christmas (please do pop in to see us at the Open Houses arranged for November and December), as well as getting to know more people in our local community, (I am loving working my way round the shops in the town just listening to those who are the “people of Cromer” whom we are called to serve).
With our love and prayers for you all,
James and Katie