A warm welcome from the Bishop

The Bishop of Maidstone welcomes you! I do hope you enjoy exploring my new website and that you let me know your thoughts by clicking on the Feedback button below and filling our contact form with your information.

New advice for churches, on passing a Resolution under the House of Bishops' Declaration - posted in the Guidance section of this website

The Bishop of Maidstone's Summer Newsletter is now available - click on the Newsletter tab

Local Churches with a Gospel for the Nation

God has given to local churches the responsibility for spreading the gospel (ie the good news of Jesus Christ). Letter after letter of the New Testament is addressed to local churches, urging them to live in a way that commends Christ to others (eg 1 Peter 2:12); to shine like lights (Philippians 2:15); and to go into the world with the gospel (eg Ephesians 6:15). What happens in local churches is therefore crucial for Christianity in this country.

The Church of England has unique opportunities to foster the ministry of local churches. It’s founding statements (the Book of Common Prayer, the Ordinal and the 39 Articles) stress its reliance on the Word of God in the Bible; it has a local church presence in every parish in the land; and it has a system of church government which means no one person or group can have absolute power of decision-making. As a Church, we are also committed to ‘mutual flourishing,’ despite differences of view on the ministries of men and women.

The Bishop of Maidstone was appointed in 2015 to have a national role in encouraging and helping those local churches which want to be active in the Church of England, but whose understanding of the Bible leads them to conclude that men and women should have ‘complementary’ rather than identical ministries in the Church. However all of these churches want to be known primarily for the way they present the good news of the gospel, not because they’ve taken a particular position on one issue. I hope therefore that if this is the first time you’ve looked at a Christian web site that you’ll click on the ‘Belief’ tab before exploring the rest of the web site.