A Warm Welcome from the Bishop

The Bishop of Maidstone has a national role in encouraging and helping local churches in the Church of England whose understanding of the Bible is that men and women should have ‘complementary’ rather than identical ministries in the Church. However, all of us want to give priority to the good news of the gospel rather than this particular issue.

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2 Corinthians 7:10-13

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Bishop Rod started each of his recent regional meetings with a short bible exegesis. The video above is a recent recording of his talk on  2 Corinthians 7:10-13.

Latest Newsletter

Bishop Rod’s Summer newsletter can be read HERE

Church of England Online Service 19th September

Bishop Rod  is leading the online CoE service on 19th September – please follow this link to access it.

Women in Ministry

This new report, based on a survey of women’s ministry in complementarian churches, has been produced for me by the Rev’d Dr Kirsten Birkett. I warmly commend the report and am grateful to her for her careful and thorough work. Its findings give us complementarian evangelicals much encouragement – but at the same time are a real challenge to any sense of complacency. It is encouraging to see so many respondents satisfied and supported in complementarian ministry, but it is disturbing that the importance of women’s ministry isn’t always evidenced in the way incumbents treat it –  and some women ministers therefore feel under-valued. Two of the biggest issues that need to be addressed are the professional development of women ministers through access to better training opportunities and the development of better networks of support. Over the past year evangelical church leaders have been challenged about culturally-driven behaviour in some of our churches. The way we support, speak about, and promote women’s ministry is very much part of this. I will be asking my working group to consider how the recommendations in this survey report could be taken forward, but I do hope that incumbents and PCCs won’t wait before taking action. Kirsten has clearly uncovered many ways in which leadership teams can better embrace women’s ministry and encourage ministers themselves. I hope the survey will serve as a fresh prompt for this important work.  The full report can be found HERE. 

Safeguarding Statement

The Bishop of Maidstone is committed to the Church of England’s policy for safeguarding children, young people, those involved in domestic abuse, and vulnerable adults, but does not have responsibility for dealing with safeguarding queries arising in parishes or dioceses with which he works. These queries should be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the diocese in which the concern arises.

If you need help or advice regarding queries which fall outside this arrangement, please contact the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team: [email protected], 020 7898 1778

The Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding can be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding.

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