A vision for the Church of England in the 2020s

Discerning the vision and strategy for the Church of England in the 2020s.

About the Vision and Strategy

The Church of England’s calling is and always has been to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ afresh in each generation to the people of England.

The work to develop the new Vision and Strategy is underway but the foundations are already clear: The Church of England must adapt and put its trust in God to become a simpler, humbler, bolder Church that is Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped.

  • A simpler Church, both in governance and structure and in the way we live and share the gospel
  • A humbler Church, recognising our failings and working with others to serve the common good
  • A bolder Church energised and enthused by the good news of what God has done in Jesus Christ and sharing that with everyone.

Our strategic priorities are:

  • To be a church that is younger and more diverse
  • To be a church where mixed ecology* is the norm – where every person in England has access to an enriching and compelling community of faith by adding new churches and new forms of Church to our parishes, schools and chaplaincies
  • To become a church of missionary disciples where all God’s people are released to live the Christian life.

*the mixed ecology describes the flourishing of church and ministry in our parishes, and in other communities of faith through things like church planting, fresh expressions of church, and chaplaincy and online.

Videos from General Synod - November 2021

The picture below illustrates the shape of the vision and strategic priorities from the period of consultation with hundreds of people who reflect the breadth and diversity of the Church of England.

Read the commentary from the Archbishop of York that accompanies this illustration.

A vision for the Church of England in the 2020s.


To help us achieve these strategic priorities we are looking at bringing simplicity and coherence to our governance structures, and the practical ways the Church is organised and gets things done that enable the local church to flourish.

Read more about the Emerging Church of England programme

Watch Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and Bishop Emma Ineson in conversation, talking about the vision and strategic priorities.


Read stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities.

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