Archbishop Cottrell speaks of ‘sleepless nights’ over parish-system accusations

Sep 28, 2021 by

by Ed Thornton, Church Times:

ACCUSATIONS that the leadership of the Church of England is seeking to dismantle the parish system have given the Archbishop of York “sleepless nights”.

In a lecture, “The Dream for the Church”, delivered in St Martin-in-the-Fields, in London, on Monday, Archbishop Cottrell said: “I, too, want to save the parish. But the best way to save the parish is to grow the Church. And the best way to grow the Church is to proclaim the gospel. And the best way to proclaim the gospel is to so live your life in Christ that the beauty and radiance that we see in Christ shines in our lives and makes a difference in the world; it is the pursuit of holiness and the transparent, transformative indwelling of Christ that will save the parish.

“Though we will need to ensure that the necessary resources and back-office functions of the Church are also focused to serve that same single purpose of making Christ known through his Church, that is through us. . . All this is happening in the life of our Church at the moment, and the things that are happening in the national Church and reviews into effectiveness and governance, are seeking to support it.”

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