Setting God’s People Free

Setting God's People Free (SGPF) is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Monday to Saturday as well as Sunday.
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Our focus is to facilitate a shift in culture, not a narrow, centrally driven strategy. The programme seeks to implement proposals from the Setting God’s People Free report presented to General Synod in 2018. These proposals seek effective ways to build up the whole people of God, with a confident faith and vision for the Kingdom of God, which is lived out in homes, schools, communities and places of work.

  • SGPF looks beyond and outside Church structures to the whole people of God at work in communities and wider society - not to 'fixing' the institutional Church.
  • SGPF challenges a culture that over-emphasises a distinction between sacred and secular to a fuller vision of calling within the all-encompassing scope of the Gospel – not to limit vocation to church based roles.
  • SGPF seeks to affirm and enable the complementary roles and vocations of clergy and of lay people, grounded in our common baptism - not to blur or undermine these distinctions.
  • SGPF proposes imaginative steps to nourish, illuminate and connect what is working already in and through parishes and communities of faith - not to institute a top down approach.

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All dioceses of the Church of England are engaged work that seeks to support Christian communities to build confidence in the faith and witness of the whole people of God. In addition, 27 dioceses are also part of three learning communities that have been formed to support the implementation of SGPF in the diverse and distinct communities these dioceses serve. A list of these are below. Please do contact your diocese to see if there are ways to connect your parish or congregation to the work around Setting God’s People Free that they are engaged in.

Chester Leicester Hereford
Chichester Chelmsford Birmingham
Gloucester Durham Canterbury
Leeds Oxford Lichfield
Newcastle Winchester Lincoln
Portsmouth Bath & Wells Liverpool
Southwark Derby Norwich
St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Rochester Blackburn
Carlisle Sheffield Ely