In his presidential address, The Bishop of Derby, Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern encouraged parishes to consider the future generations of the church and the importance of the correct investment to support their growth and mission.
“In a time of austerity it is tempting to keep a tight budget but we have to remember the church grows through generosity. Our young people need to feel included in the framework of our common life; and the most vulnerable in our parishes kept safe within the church family. The church must invest in a new generation with a balance between accountability and celebration. The resourcing of mission is reflected in the church's contribution to the living world.”
Bishop Humphrey then led a session on Education and the challenges and successes faced by church schools around the Diocese.
The Archdeacon of Chesterfield, Christine Wilson, updated members on plans to bring together the Diocesan Synod and Diocesan Board of Finance, bringing discussion of policy and finance closer together and encouraging joined-up thinking.
Members later heard from Luke Evans, who presented the work of the Diocesan Youth council and also from Julian Hodgson, Safeguarding officer who led a presentation on Care for Vulnerable Adults and Children.
The Synod also received the Annual Reports and accounts for 2012 and debated the draft budget for 2014.