Diocesan Strategy

Towards a generous & flourishing Diocese of Sheffield in 2025...

Our ongoing vision since 2011 remains the same, that is that:

The Diocese of Sheffield is called to grow a sustainable network of Christ-like, lively and diverse Christian communities in every place which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God’s world.

In September 2017, Bishop Pete Wilcox, was installed as our new Diocesan Bishop.  At this point, the diocese was six years into its strategy, so Bishop Pete undertook a review of what had worked, what hadn't and what the current issues were. After a series of consultations throughout the diocese, it became apparent, that while the vision of the diocese was still exactly the same, some re-focussing was needed on how we get there. The revised Diocesan Strategy, to be launched formally on 6 October 2018, is our answer to that.

The 2018 Strategy falls under three areas: Renewed, Released, Rejuvenated.

In our new strategy, Bishop Pete made two assumptions.  One was that the initial work detailed in five documents still broadly outlines what we want to do. The second is that there is to be no deviation from the direction of travel set out in them. The 2018 strategy builds on this work and the implementation of it.

You can explore the strands of the strategy using the three buttons below.


The original growth strategy booklets can be downloaded below.

Growing the Body of Christ

This short booklet sets out our plans for growth in the Diocese of Sheffield for the next ten years. By God’s grace we want to see many people become Christians and we want to see the whole church grow.  If we want the Church to grow we need to give priority to making of disciples through the life of every the local church (children, young people and adults).

Re-imagining Ministry for Mission

God has a great work of grace to do in the Diocese over the next decade. We long to see sustainable Christian communities in every place. We long to see the Body of Christ grow in depth and in numbers. We long to see every disciple and the whole Church serving our wider society as salt and light. Our future strategy for ministry will be a vital part of seeing this. Ministers are the ligaments and sinews in the Church. We need more of them as we grow and we need them to be well trained and supported. This short booklet sets out our direction of travel in Re-imagining Ministry for Mission over the next ten years.

Salt & Light

Salt and Light is about how we seek to transform our society and God’s world. The material in Salt and Light is a summary of a more detailed document which emerged from a listening process across the Diocese.  It aims to encourage and empower those in parishes to recognise and speak up for issues and injustices throughout neighbourhoods, communities, towns, cities and countries.  It also establishes a network of volunteers to foster ideas throughout the Diocese.

A Little Letter on Giving

This document is written as a letter from the Bishop of Sheffield to thank people for all that they give in so many ways. He also sets out a hope in this centenary year for a step change in the finances of the diocese so it can plan for growth into the future. Please join me in that prayer and in this journey

Forming and equipping the people of God

Launched in 2016, this is not a new strategy document but a revision and updating of Reimagining Ministry for Mission.  It gives even greater prominence to discipleship in our thinking and planning.  It also gives details on St Peter's College, which will bring together all the diocesen formation for ministry.