Vision 2026

                     Updates to our Vision 2026 


What is Vision 2026?

‘Healthy Churches Transforming Communities’

We desire to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known, because we believe:

  • He is the One who brings ‘life in all its fullness’
  • Healthy church communities have a positive and transformative impact on our society.

We will work together to achieve this by:

Making disciples of Jesus Christ

  • Knowing the Scriptures better through reading, teaching, preaching and study
  • Praying with greater depth and urgency for the Kingdom of God to come
  • Giving generously of our time, talents and money to the cause of Christ

Being witnesses to Jesus Christ

  • Sharing the Gospel of salvation with confidence
  • Holding regular enquirers courses in as many local churches as possible
  • Showing God’s love in action through projects that meet a local human need
  • Offering thorough and accessible Baptism preparation and follow-up
  • Planting or renewing 50 new strategic congregations by 2026   

Growing leaders for Jesus Christ

  • Supporting and equipping the current leadership for today’s context
  • Enabling missional leadership in every Christian community
  • Liberating lay leadership for greater participation
  • Creating the varied patterns of Sunday and weekday worship necessary to welcome all kinds of people, especially the newcomer

Prioritising work among children, young people and schools to raise up a new generation for Christ

 The Diocesan Vision Prayer

Heavenly Father, we embrace Your call for us to make disciples, to be witnesses and to grow leaders.  Give us eyes to see Your vision, ears to hear the prompting of Your Spirit and courage to follow in the footsteps of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

New Vision Champion for Christ Church.

  • My name is Lynn Farrimond and I will be commissioned on the 20th May, 2019 at Accrington Parish Church.   
  • I am a regular member of the congregation here at Christ Church, having moved to the area seven years ago, from St. Georges, Tyldesley in the Manchester Diocese. I have served in various church roles for over 50 years. Now retired, I am currently a member of the Parochial Church Council here at Christchurch and help out with Children’s activities, reading lessons and leading prayers at Sunday Worship amongst other things.
  • I see my new role being to gently nudge and encourage our parish and Benefice leaders and the congregation to plan and deliver activities that make disciples of Jesus, be witnesses to Jesus, grow leaders and prioritise work among young people. 
  • At Christ Church under the guidance of Reverend Catherine, we have formed a Worship and Mission Group so that we can focus on developing our Mission and vision for the church and community here in Chatburn.
  • We will all need to work together to develop our action plan using our discipleship to the full.
  • Over the years Christ Church has been undertaking discipleship and mission in the community and has established strong and close links in the village, with the school, nursing home and with the Methodist Church. A lot has been achieved so far with people’s commitment and dedication over the years.
  • We hope to build on this established foundation to enable Christ Church to move forward and become an even more effective church hub in the village and to make sure that our doors remain open in the future. We must also be aware of our commitment to the Diocese and the world-wide church.
  • I feel my role is to be an advocate for our vision and mission here in Chatburn, linking with the Vision Champions in our partner churches, ensuring that our local vision is an integral part of the Blackburn Diocese Vision 2026.
  • I will not be a high profile figure, but working to support the vision quietly and encouraging people to become disciples and leaders in our Christian community and in line with the Diocese priority for 2019. I hope to keep you informed of our progress over the following months. This is an exciting time in our church life although it is recognised that this can be rather daunting for some people.
  • If you have any comments which you would like to make please feel free to do so. I welcome comments that could be fed to the Worship and Mission Group regarding how you see the church helping in our local community and any specific needs, or if you have any feedback on Church Services.  

Please give us some Our Progress so Far Progress