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Diocese to take part in varied General Synod

Diocese to take part in varied General Synod

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will join a group of elected representatives from the Diocese of Chichester at a meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England in Westminster next week (13-16 February)

A new report being presented to Synod members argues that the Church of England needs to undergo a major "culture shift" to mobilise lay members to spread the gospel in their everyday lives.

The report, entitled "Setting God's People Free", calls for Christians to be equipped to live out their faith in every sphere - from the factory or office to the gym or shop - to help increase numbers of Christians and their influence in all areas of life. Laity and clergy should view themselves as equal partners in the task of evangelising the nation, it insists. The paper is a key element of the lay leadership strand of Renewal and Reform, an initiative from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, to help grow the Church. "Synod, as ever, provides a wide range of subjects for members to consider and it is good that the voice of our churches in Sussex is heard," said Dr Warner today.

A timetable for Synod is available here: