The Deanery Vision  




We believe the Lord has a vision for the Deanery of Colchester, for each of our Churches, our Parishes and our ministries. As we seek to be a Transforming Presence in our communities, living out the unchanging Gospel in a changing world, we are guided by the Diocese in planning a structure which will help us to be effective into the future.
At the present time, we are prayerfully considering the structure of Mission and Ministry Units (MMUs) within the Deanery. We have been invited to continue conversations with neighbouring Parishes with a view to formal collaboration and to approach a point where MMUs can be formed.
Where we are now
The Area Dean and Lay Chair have recently written to all Parishes on behalf of the Deanery Standing & Pastoral Committee, to focus our ongoing discussions as we work towards the formation of MMUs. Copies of the documents are available here:
The Area Dean and Lay Chair's letter to all Parishes, sent to members of Deanery Synod, Churchwardens and PCC Secretaries

Structuring of Mission & Ministry Units (MMUís): Progressing towards inception of Units.

A grid which takes us from the Diocesan criteria to local decisions

Background documents
There is considerable additional material available to assist us as we work through our discussions:
Visit the Diocesan Transforming Presence website
A downloadable Deanery map, colour-coded by proposed structure
Re-imagining Ministry - Mission & Ministry Units (MMUís) and Principles of Commitment in a time of strategic change. A letter from Bishop Stephen.
The existing Deanery Vision Document, produced in 2007
Visit the Diocese's Parish Spotlights webpages, to view statistics of your (and neighbouring) Parishes, gleaned from the 2011 Census and other sources
Our page which summarises the 2011 national Census as it relates to the Borough of Colchester


Further information will be posted here as work on the Vision progresses. In the meantime, if you have queries about the documents or the data, feel free to contact us at webmaster@colchesterdeanery.org.uk




The Church of England Deanery of Colchester is part of the Colchester Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Chelmsford.

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