Vision and strategy stories

Read a selection of inspiring stories from churches across the country.
  1. A small child jumps up in the air while playing a game and others around him are running

    ‘With the sporting groups, we started to see growth’


    When Revd Danny Driver became the parish vicar at Christ the Redeemer, Barnwell, he used sport ministry to build new bridges between the church and the community.

    3 min read
  2. Gabriella is shown smiling at the camera and wearing a warm jacket

    ‘It gave me back hope and ambition’– Cathedral helps young people


    Lichfield Cathedral helped 30 unemployed young people find work last year, by making six-month job placements available for 16 to 24-year-olds, as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. 

    2 min read
  3. Glyn Wise

    Big Brother, fame, teaching, travel - then the Ministry Experience Scheme


    After experiencing fame and travelling the world, Glyn Wise says it was the Church of England’s Ministry Experience Scheme that ultimately gave him confidence and got him close to God.

    4 min read
  4. Ady Hodgkinson at his baptism

    ‘I started to sob and sob’ - a life-changing encounter in a cafe


    After years of alcohol and drug dependency, earlier this year, Ady Hodgkinson was baptised – marking an incredible transformation in his life which all started with an encounter at a Christian café. 

    2 min read
  5. A choir in red robes stands smiling in the church of St Paul Without Walls in Canterbury

    Parish Evensong congregation grows from just one to more than 70 – with the help of church choir and a home cooked meal


    A parish in the heart of Canterbury has celebrated the success of an Evensong service whose congregation has  jumped from just one person to more than 70. 

    2 min read
  6. LynnBoyle2

    ‘I came away feeling grounded’ – the music festival chaplain giving hope to hundreds


    Revd Lynn Boyle leads services and works behind the bar as Chaplain of the Country Music Festivals of Whitebottom Farm in Stockport.

    3 min read
  7. Henry is shown in his clerical robes smiling

    ‘I was fighting it’ an AI scientist’s 12-year journey to ordination


    Henry Akingbemisilu was ordained as a Deacon earlier this year. He serves as a Self-Supporting Minister in Thamesmead, London, in the Diocese of Southwark – alongside working in Data Science.

    2 min read
  8. Reduced quality picture of children engaging with older people at Synod

    Young leaders from Church schools meet General Synod members ahead of first in-person meeting


    Young people, aged between 12 and 17, from across England led and engaged in discussions with members of the General Synod ahead of the first full in-person meeting since before the pandemic. 

    2 min read
  9. SimonWilkinsonpic

    How a podcast is helping thousands through the pandemic


    During the pandemic, nearly a quarter of a million people have used the Daily Prayer podcast – finding support in a daily cycle of prayer traditionally associated with monastic communities. 

    3 min read
  10. Capt Nicholas Lebey CA is shown as an ordinand outside Southwark Cathedral

    The youth groups that grew into a church


    Years after a missionary planted a church in his village in Ghana, Nicholas Lebey is now doing the same in South-East London.

    2 min read