Church in Wales

Archbishop of Wales urges Governing Body to challenge the status quo

Thu 12 Sep 2019
By Tola Mbakwe

The Archbishop of Wales has encouraged the Church in Wales to ask uncomfortable questions and think outside the box in order to spur Church growth.

Most Rev John Davies delivered his presidential address to the Church in Wales' Governing Body on Wednesday.

He told the crowd not to be oblivious to the Church's challenges or opportunities, and gave the example of Jesus facing opposition when he challenged existing structures.


"Those who challenge the status quo, calling on well-established institutions to take a fresh look at the way in which they operate, and who question whether they might have lost something of the focus on their original calling, risk being judged and caricatured in the same way," Archbishop John said.

However, he said it was essential that such voices be heard in order to "recover and rehabilitate authentic, Christ-like and Christ-centred ministry".

"Recognise our challenges, and affirm those individuals and groups who, through asking uncomfortable questions and making uncomfortable observations, demand of us, that we pay attention, that we plan, that we pray and that we act to continue to rehabilitate our vision for our life as a church."

Archbishop John explained that the Church had several opportunities to reach out to the community when they come through church doors for events such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

"It requires eyes that are joyfully wide-open to constantly recognise and rejoice in the resources and gifts we have, and the many opportunities which still come our way, which are key openings to faithful and imaginative evangelism," he said.

The speech also included an announcement about new paths of ministry the Church will introduce.

The Governing Body will conclude its meeting on Thursday.

Items on the agenda include addressing modern day slavery and human trafficking.

The Governing Body will also launch a centenary appeal to support peacekeeping work in South Sudan and preventing homelessness in Wales.

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