The younger voices of the diocese of Lincoln are being invited to take part in an online survey to name the gifts and skills that they think are required by the next bishop of Lincoln.

 

The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson will retire as bishop of Lincoln on December 31st 2021. His resignation prompted the beginning of a process to appoint a new bishop.

 

The invitation for the younger voices to give their thoughts, and an online public meeting, are all part of a process with the diocese and county to establish a clear picture of the leadership qualities and themes that are required in the next bishop.

 

Diocesan Secretary, the Revd Canon David Dadswell, says the first online survey has resulted in 600 questionnaires being completed: 'It is very encouraging that so many people wanted to participate in the early part of this process and we are grateful for their time and contributions'.

 

A revised version of the questionnaire will be available to some of the younger generations of the diocese through Church of England schools and is available through this link

https://9f0nnymgfvu.typeform.com/to/bWgtvUXH

 

An invitation is also being extended to people from within the Church of England and beyond, to contribute their views on what the next bishop of Lincoln will need to bring to the role in an online public meeting. The Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary will be present at the meeting on Thursday 21 October at 7pm. The focus of the meeting will be to hear reflections on the priorities for the next Bishop and the qualities people would like to see in the person appointed.

 

People can register to join the Zoom webinar and share the link with anyone they think may be interested. The link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CvZefz7lTEyS6MRHkGZo-Q

 

There are also consultations carried out in Lincoln with church members, leaders of other churches, civic groups such as local government, education and charities.

 

The Crown Nominations Commission oversees the process and will eventually after due consideration give a name to the Sovereign to nominate the next bishop of Lincoln.This process, which is likely to conclude in the summer of next year, is confidential and so it is not possible to report back on progress. The diocese is being encouraged to pray for the current bishop as he concludes his ministry and for the nomination of his successor.