Update on search for new Bishop

Sent on behalf of Bishop Chris


Dear brothers and sisters,


I am sure you know that we are now well into the process of appointing our new diocesan bishop.


I am privileged to have been appointed chair of the Vacancy in See Committee last year. One of the committee’s primary roles was to appoint six of its members to the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). They will join permanent members elected by General Synod, the Archbishops of York and Canterbury, and the Archbishops’ Appointment Secretary and a representative of the Prime Minister in the next stages of the process. We appointed the Revd Canon Alan Bashforth, the Ven Audrey Elkington, Mrs Bridget Hugh-Jones, Mr Robert Perry, Dr Mike Todd, and Revd Andrew Yates to represent our diocese.


Another key task for us was to draw up what’s termed a Statement of Needs. Each diocese approaches this in a slightly different way, and I suppose that the approach adopted in itself tells a something about the diocese. Ours is now finished, and attached to this email. It is also to be found on our Diocesan website. I’m sure there will be many views on what might have been added or given less prominence. As you can see, we have tried to be hopeful, faithful and realistic when it came to the tasks of painting pictures - both of the diocese itself, and of the type of person we hope will come to lead us in our continuing journey together. The document will be referenced by potential candidates and those on the CNC, along with the ideas, suggestions and perspectives which emerged in the extensive consultation exercise. As I am sure you can imagine, writing a document by committee is rarely a simple task, but I am extremely grateful to all the members of our Vacancy in See Committee for their insight, thoughtfulness and humility which made producing our final Statement of Needs a relatively smooth process. 


Soon our chosen six will be off to Lambeth Palace to start work with their CNC colleagues, and I am sure you will join with me in offering prayers for them, for helping them to discharge this most significant of responsibilities. Under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, they will seek to discern who He is calling to become our new bishop.


I am sure I am not alone in looking forward immensely to our next step along this road. This will mark the start of a new chapter in the long story of the Anglican Church in Cornwall. As you read the statement of needs it will be apparent that the needs and the opportunities in our Diocese are very significant and with our new Bishop we shall all be called to play our part in responding to them.


Finally may I commend to you a prayer which we have been using in our Vacancy in See meetings.


O great and generous God, we thank you for the blessings you have showered on this Diocese of Truro. 
Inspire us as we now seek vision and clarity for the next stage of our journey as the People of God together.


O servant and risen Christ, we thank you for inviting us to discover your Kingdom.  
Draw to us a wise and faithful/prayerful leader and guide those with responsibilities within the process of discernment.


O Holy Spirit breath of God, we thank you for the privilege of helping to grow the Church. 
Fill us with a love that is eager to share the Good News and committed to care for one and all across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.




Rt Revd Dr Chris Goldsmith

Bishop of St Germans