About Diocese of Sheffield
The Diocese of Sheffield is one of 42 Church of England dioceses. It covers South Yorkshire and the southern parts of the East Riding of Yorkshire. It comprises parishes, schools, chaplaincies, missional communities and other organisations all united by their common Christian faith. Since the creation of the diocese in 1914, the shape of the villages, towns and cities may have changed but the people are still vibrant, energetic and passionate about serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are an Anglican diocese, in the Northern Province of York, made up of a diverse community of mission-focused people who are seeking to transform their lives, and the lives of others, by sharing the Christian faith. We serve a population of approximately 1.25 million people across Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster and the subsidiary towns and villages of those areas, with 92 stipendiary clergy, 183 parishes and 219 churches. We have two bishops, the Bishop of Sheffield is the Diocesan Bishop, and the Bishop of Doncaster is the Suffragan. They work as a team to best serve and lead the diocese. The most recent Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, retired in September 2019. We expect to welcome a new Bishop by Easter 2020.
In September 2017, Bishop Pete Wilcox, was installed as our new Diocesan Bishop. At this point, the diocese was six years into its strategy, so Bishop Pete undertook a review of what had worked, what hadn't and what the current issues were. After a series of consultations throughout the diocese, it became apparent, that while the vision of the diocese was still exactly the same, some re-focussing was needed on how we get there.
As a diocese we have been called to grow a sustainable network of Christ-like, lively and diverse Christian communities in every place which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God’s world. Every day around the diocese, dedicated, creative and passionate people are working together in the mission of God. Following Bishop Pete’s review, we are now embarking on a radical strategic transformation programme to ensure that the diocese is a sustainable vibrant communion, revitalised and refreshed and able to deliver our vision.
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