The bishops are inviting the diocese to hold in prayer the next step in Resourcing Sustainable Church in the diocese of Lincoln that includes the release of a draft full working plan today and a series of consultation meetings from next week. 

The draft full working plan is being distributed to all licensed clergy, readers, deanery lay chairs, members of diocesan synod and diocesan trustees. The plan is also being sent to each benefice's selected lay representatives who will take part in the upcoming consultation meetings.   

The release of the plan outlines thinking so far from the work that began in 2019 by Bishop David under the title "Resourcing Sustainable Church" to ensure ministry for the diocese that is sustainable for years to come. Bishop David says the draft full working plan reflects consultation so far and provides information for future consultation rather than being information that will surprise or is finalised. "We give thanks for the consultation so far with more than 500 people across the diocese and present these proposals to be considered carefully and prayerfully". 

The following prayer is from the draft full working plan:

Almighty God,
source of our hope and all good things;
you call us in love to share in the work of creation in making all things new.
Bless our diocese:
may we be faithful in our worship; confident in our discipleship;
and joyful in our service;
that, through us,
the world may catch a glimpse of the love
you have for each one of us, made known to us in your son,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.