The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance writes…

As announced, I am leaving the Diocese of Derby to take on the role of National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England. 

This is a full-time post based at Church House Westminster with responsibility for the Church’s goals around evangelism - to motivate the million Anglican church-goers to share their faith, to equip a thousand new evangelists, and to enable clergy to lead evangelistic churches.

It has been a privilege to be Dean here for the last two years, and while I am moving on sooner than I had expected, I am grateful for all that we have accomplished together. Among other things, I am glad to have been able to play a part in welcoming Bishop Libby to Derby, as a member of the Vacancy-in-See committee, Chair of the Statement of Needs Drafting Group, a member of the Crown Nominations Commission, and then with the Cathedral’s role in electing and installing our new Bishop to her See.

In the Cathedral, we have opened Derby Cathedral School, launched The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral, received a substantial grant from the Church Commissioners to ensure the future sustainability of the Cathedral, and made some significant new staff appointments, for all of which thanks be to God.

In my new role I will be working in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, and church growth, which have been particular hallmarks of Archbishop Justin’s time in office. This is an exciting time to be involved in this work, with a renewed commitment from the Church at all levels to enable evangelism that is motivated not by institutional anxiety about diminishing numbers gathering on a Sunday, but about a longing for every person in our society to know the love of God for themselves. I am glad that this work will bring me back to the Diocese of Derby from time to time.

Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for you.

The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance
Dean of Derby (until 29 September 2019)

Bishop Libby Writes...

Bishop Libby 3 1500 72 20181215Easter Season, between Eater Sunday and Pentecost, is our time to discover what it means in practice to be a resurrection people. 

The consequences of Covid-19 continue to shape our lives. As we think about resurfacing from ‘lockdown’, we begin to weigh up the far-reaching costs of this pandemic. 

For many those costs will be deeply personal: mourning loved ones, and coming to terms with having been unable to say those goodbyes as we would have wished; coping with real financial difficulty, from redundancy, loss of income, business collapse – perhaps for the first time; recognising the trauma of working through a health and social crisis on the front line; suffering abuse without respite. 

And all of us will face the wider implications: readjusting after the kind of social upheaval not previously seen in peacetime; long term impacts on budgets – from domestic to global, different expectations of government at every level, changes in ways of working, the shifting of focus and priorities.

The Church, our diocese, our congregations, schools and communities – as well as every household and individual within them – will be affected. We have important contributions to make to what comes next. We have a unique perspective, drawn from experience across every aspect of life, the lessons we have learnt. We also have a vital role in responding to continuing need and offering support. 

Everything may have changed – but everything stays the same. We seek first the Kingdom of God; as we pray, learn, tell and serve, we offer good news - being deeply rooted and generously fruitful; we work so that our communities are transformed for good, that we each grow in confidence as disciples of Jesus, that our congregations flourish.

In this Easter season, ‘Alleluia’ is our refrain. ‘Alleluia’ is not blind to reality but deeply rooted in it. Easter day is only possible after Good Friday. Not that we praise God for pain and uncertainty, but somehow despite it. This may not feel possible for some of us individually some of the time. And that’s OK. We are the Body of Christ together. We weep with those who weep, and sometimes the tune of our ‘Alleluia’ song is a lament. But still we sing. For the Easter story is the ultimate reminder that love conquers all - and nothing, nothing, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

‘Alleluia. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.’

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