21 January 1999
The Church of England's new Archbishops' Council met for the first time today (21 January) against the background of fresh figures showing another substantial rise in new ordinands. The 1998 total shows a rise of 10% over the previous year.
At today's meeting at Lambeth Palace, the 19-member Council set out its main goal as promoting the work of God by furthering the mission of the Church at every level of national life.
Members stressed their desire to serve the Church and the nation with imagination, dedication and a clear sense of purpose.
Commenting on the 6-hour gathering, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: "This has been an extremely positive start to an important new journey for the Church of England. We have established a firm basis on which to move forward."
The Archbishop of York said: "Although it is early days, I was impressed by the frank and
imaginative discussion and Council members' willingness to address the many challenges and opportunities in front of the Church."
The Council includes six appointed members from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging experience outside the Church. One of those, Jane Ozanne, a marketing consultant, said: "It is an exciting time in the life of the Church for the Council to be starting its work. I am confident that before long we will be able to demonstrate real progress."
The Council is due to meet next on 16 February.
Notes for Editors
The Director of Ministry for the Church of England, the Ven Gordon Kuhrt, today informed the Archbishops' Council that the number of those being recommended for ordination training rose by 10% on 1997 which in turned showed a rise of 13.1% from the previous year. This confirms the solidity of the upward trend in candidates presenting themselves for ordination.
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