The main purpose of this new part-time, two-year post will be to establish and train a support network for parishes across Worcestershire and Dudley as they seek to implement the Kingdom People vision for our churches which has been outlined by Bishop John.

Chris has moved to Worcestershire from the Diocese of Ely with her husband, the Revd Richard Worsley, who is Rector of Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton and the Combertons. 

In Ely, Chris was Ministry Officer with particular responsibility for the development of Lay Ministers. 

She has also worked in parish ministry and been a hospice chaplain and was made a Canon of Ely Cathedral.

She said: 

"Much of my previous role was about working alongside parishes and I really enjoy working with churches to develop a vision of how they can best serve God in their communities.''

Chris hopes to build on this earlier experience as Kingdom People Development Officer in training facilitators to accompany parishes on their journey to become more focused on God's Kingdom. She will also be working directly with parishes as a ‘critical friend'.

Bishop John said: 

"This appointment is a crucial one in enabling our 'Kingdom people' vision to become a reality. Chris will help the people of our churches become beacons of God's 'Kingdom values' of love, compassion, freedom and justice in their communities.

These are the values of God's kingdom and it is our happy task to do all we can to make them prevail. Chris's great gifts and very relevant experience make her the perfect person for this role."

Chris will be licensed to her new role at a service for Authorised Lay Ministers in Worcester Cathedral on Sunday 15 September. Once licensed she is looking forward to visiting churches and deaneries and would appreciate invitations to talk at PCC meetings and Deanery Synods about her new role. Training for facilitators will begin towards the end of the year. 

ENDS

The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk