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 Deanery Standing and Pastoral Committee are formulating a Deanery Vision Plan for the decade 2020 - 2030, which is to be presented at Deanery Synod for agreement this year. There are to be four MMUs in the Deanery, two of which have already been commissioned - the North Colchester Family of Churches and the Wivenhoe and Colchester East with University Partnership.

View a PowerPoint presentation by our Area Dean to the Clergy Chapter, on the purpose and structure of the Deanery Vision Plan

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): A grid which takes us from the Diocesan criteria to local decisions, to help Parishes work together to form MMUs

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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