Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas have today (28th January 2020) issued an Ad Clerum.

The text of the Ad Clerum is shown below, and a PDF version is also available here.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Last week the House of Bishops of the Church of England published a Pastoral Statement on Civil Partnerships. Neither of us were consulted with respect to this document: we are not members of the House of Bishops. There has been considerable media coverage of the Statement, we have received letters, and an Open Letter has been published to the  Archbishops of Canterbury and York, which has been signed by quite a number of people from Lincoln. 

We hear, understand and share the concern that has been expressed relating to the Statement’s timing and tone. We both believe that the Statement as it stands has significant pastoral and missiological implications which clearly undermine the work of the Church today. We will bring all these concerns to the meeting of the College of Bishops in London from 29th - 30th January. 

As bishops in the diocese please be assured of our commitment to you, God’s people in Greater Lincolnshire, holding, we know, a range of views on so many issues, including the very sensitive ones that relate to the Statement. Please do contact us, on this or any other matter.

We continue to be immensely grateful to you for your prayers and support during what is still a highly pressured time for the Diocese of Lincoln and we continue to be inspired by the many examples of faithful, caring and loving mission, ministry and service that we see every day in the parishes, schools and congregations that constitute our diocesan family.

At this time, we both draw strength from St Paul’s final words to the church in Ephesus, and we commend them to you as an invitation to prayer. Please substitute ‘I’ for ‘we’:

‘I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’

Ephesisans 4.16-18


With every blessing,

The Rt Revd Dr David Court
Bishop of Grimsby 
Acting Diocesan Bishop

The Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain
Bishop of Grantham