In early 2015 a new group was formed to help facilitate God for All. The Strategy Steering Group reflects the ecumenical partnerships that have grown in recent years from the development of strategies for outreach, ministry and buildings.
Currently the group is made up of eleven members – clergy and laity from the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and from across Cumbria.
We’d like you to meet the team
- The Rt Rev’d Robert FreemanThe Bishop of Penrith and Strategy Steering Group Chair
God for All sums up our prayer and work together as Christians – so that many people will know the reality of God in their life.
- Chris AngusAnglican lay
For me God for All marks the transition from talking and praying about our vision for the future to really doing something about it, the start of really growing disciples and growing together; it provides the clear focus on what we are really about and I look forward tremendously to the coming weeks, months and years as momentum grows and as a growing band of disciples, lay and ordained working together, start to make a real difference to the spiritual life of Cumbria
- Bob BairdAnglican lay
With fewer people attending our Churches we need to spread the “Good News” as a positive influence in the wider community.
- Rev Martyn CoeCumbria Area of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church
God for All is enabling us to bring imagination and commitment to use the resources we have in the most effective ways we can across the county.
- The Ven Penny DriverArchdeacon of Westmorland and Furness
I want to embrace the strategy of God for All here in Cumbria as I am convinced God is calling us to be his Church in a different way. A way which more intentionally shows the love of God in Action around this beautiful county.
- Derek HurtonDiocese of Carlisle’s Secretary
A really exciting part of God for All is that it envisages our local clergy in a more episcopal role. I see this happening in two respects: leading in mission and outreach to the local community; and investing time in growing disciples who will themselves step into roles leading local churches.
- Rev Jennet McLeodCumbria Methodist District, Secretary of Ministerial Synod
God for All is a rallying-cry to us to do what Jesus commanded and ‘Go and make disciples’, because it is God’s passionate desire that all might have the opportunity to discover and respond to His love for them.
- Rev Sarah MooreArea President, Cumbria Area of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church
- The Ven Richard PrattArchdeacon of West Cumberland
God for All is important because God’s love, justice and peace, God’s hope and generosity, are for everyone; and because we, the Church, try to be for everyone.
- Rev Nicola ReynoldsCumbria Methodist District Ecumenical Officer
Through God For All I hope that everyone will come to know what a wonderful, life changing, gift God gives to us through His love.
- The Ven Kevin RobertsArchdeacon of Carlisle
I am thrilled about the God for All strategy, which keeps mission as ‘the main thing’ in everything we do as a diocese. ‘All’ includes the young, who are especially on my heart as chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.