The Archbishop of Canterbury has commissioned the Rt Revd Stephen Conway as Acting Bishop of Lincoln via Zoom from Lambeth Palace.

Bishop Stephen Conway commissioned as Acting Bishop of Lincoln

On Thursday 13th January the Archbishop of Canterbury commissioned the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely (sixth from the left in the photograph above taken after the commissioning) as Acting Bishop of Lincoln.

The commissioning service took place at the Bishop of Grantham’s house at the end of a residential meeting of the oversight group for Time to Change Together. Members of the Bishop’s Staff who were not already at the meeting joined the service either in person or on Zoom, as did Ian Blaney, our Registrar. Bishop Stephen was very warmly commended to the diocese as a leader of experience, wisdom and theological depth by Archbishop Justin, who led the service via Zoom from the chapel at Lambeth Palace in London.

As part of the service the Archbishop read out the ‘Charge’. This reminded Bishop Stephan and all there of the call to God’s mission to share the Gospel and to encourage all Christians in their witness. He pointed to the key work of a bishop in proclaiming Christian hope particularly at this time of suffering for many, as part of the national team of bishops of the Church of England, in promoting unity, mission and service.

In specific terms for his work in this diocese, the Archbishop said that Bishop Stephen is called to encourage people to live out their Christian lives in hope. He is to enable the flourishing of the leadership team of the diocese, to support the diocese in discerning the way forward with Time to Change Together, to encourage the Cathedral in its ministry to the diocese and to foster an outward focus in building effective partnerships with community leaders across the diocese, especially in making a difference to those in need. With an eye on some of the historic challenges we are tackling, he asked Bishop Stephen to enable those charged with overseeing the institutional and organisational life of the diocese to ensure healthy structures, effective resourcing and good governance, with a strong message that the safeguarding standards are to be the highest to make sure the Diocese is safe for children and adults at risk. Finally, he asked Bishop Stephen to remember to look after his own prayer life, study, and wellbeing and to ensure times of rest and refreshment.


The Archbishop thanked the Bishops of Grimsby and Grantham for the quality of their leadership over previous years and held Bishop Christopher, the just retired Bishop of Lincoln, in his thoughts as he prayed for and blessed Bishop Stephen, those present and the Diocese of Lincoln as a whole.