Church of England Diocese of Guildford Dunsfold


24 Sep 2021, 8:45 a.m.
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Dioceses are being encouraged to apply for a share of the £4.8 million Innovation Funding for projects lasting up to three years that could act as blueprints for future mission and growth across the country.

Successful bids will support the Church of England’s Vision and Strategy, in particular, the priority of becoming a Church which is younger and more diverse.

The projects could focus on younger people and children, people living in low income communities and urban areas and people from UK Minority Ethnic groups.

An early Innovation Funding award has been made to the Diocese of Ely to fund sports ministry work over three years with children and young people at Christ the Redeemer church in Barnwell, Cambridge.

The church is on an outer urban estate and nearly one in five people in the parish are aged between five and 18 years old. The project will test how effectively the recruitment of Sports Ministers - trained at Ridley Hall theological education institution - within an urban parish leads to greater engagement with young people.

Decisions on applications for Innovation Funding, which has been provided by the Church Commissioners, will be made by the Strategic Investment Board on behalf of the Archbishops’ Council.

John Spence, Chair of the Strategic Investment Board, said: “The challenges facing the Church today require new and innovative solutions, alongside tried and tested approaches, in order to advance mission among people across the whole of the country.

“The Strategic Investment Board hopes that the launch of this funding will encourage and nurture further innovation that supports the mission and growth that is at the centre of the vision for the church in the 2020s as new ideas are tested and further answers are found.”