National Officer for Evangelism
Professor Michael Clarke,
Member of the Bridge Commission,
Head of Public Policy Department, Birmingham University
Rt Revd Tim Stevens, then Bishop of Dunwich, since appointed as Bishop of Leicester
'Seizing New Opportunities
for Deaneries', the sub title for the conference, and the
proposals set out in the Bridge Report to do away with the Deanery level
of synodical government, rather than dampen spirits fired delegates to
see opportunities to develop the deanery as a proactive and dynamic
resource for the church. This accounted for the fact that is was a busy
conference with a lot crammed in.
About 90 delegates completed the conference
evaluation sheets, which help the organising group to plan for future
events. Overwhelming support for another conference in two years - venue generally approved.
One comment sums up the overwhelming view of the
conference and a rejuvenated future for the deanery:
“If over 100 people can find it
worthwhile spending 3 days in the company of fellow deanery people from
all over the country, then the deanery must have a future.'
A report of the conference is published by Parish
and People. It includes all the main talks and the results of groups
discussions “Looking to the Future”. In addition the Submission to
the Revision Committee Re the Bridge Report is included as much of the
submission was shaped by the conference.