Churches and individuals are being invited to join in with this global wave of prayer via www.thykingdomcome.global, and Pledge to Pray individually, as a family, as a church or to run an event. Over 10 days (25th May-4th June), people around the world will be coming together to discover new ways of praying that their friends, family
Statement by the Bishop of Maidstone on the House of Bishops’ Report: ‘Marriage and Same-Sex Relations after the Shared Conversations.’
I warmly welcome the commitment of the House of Bishops to the Biblical definition of marriage, which provides a clear context for our future work. The report recognises that the Church is wrestling with how best to uphold and promote this good gift from God, while showing real pastoral care for all in our communities,
It was with great sadness that I heard of the sudden death of Mike Ovey this weekend. Mike leaves a big hole which it will be difficult to fill. Not only has he been an outstanding Principal at Oak Hill, but he has given himself unstintingly to the evangelical cause within the Church of England
Rod’s new newsletter for Christmas 2016 can be accessed by clicking on the Newsletter link on the home page.
A new research report shows that conservative theological beliefs are linked to church growth – comment from the Bishop of Maidstone
The Guardian has published an article today, reporting on a study carried out by Canadian social scientists, which shows a clear link between conservative religious doctrine and church growth. The article can be found here. The Bishop of Maidstone has released an opinion piece commenting on the findings of the study and drawing further conclusions
Rod was licensed as Assistant Bishop in Rochester Diocese on Saturday 5 November at a service held in Rochester Cathedral. Pictured here is Rod with Bishop James, Angus MacLeay and Mike Warren – clergy in Rochester Diocese.
Rod preached at Christ Church Dusseldorf, Germany on Reformation Sunday, at an event coinciding with Founders Day for Christ Church. His text was Romans 5: 1-11 and he focussed on the three great gifts of the gospel: Peace with God, Access to God, and the Hope of Glory.
Rod recently spoke on his role and current key issues, at a meeting for clergy and lay people from Sussex.
Rod gave the opening bible reading at this conference recently, speaking about Matthew 28, the Great Commission. You can listen to Rod’s talk here. You can read about the conference and about Rod’s newly published guidance on passing a resolution in the autumn edition of Crossway, the magazine of the Church Society, here.
Rod spoke at the inaugural meeting of Peterborough Diocese Reform group. As well as giving advice on running a local Reform Group, he spoke about the current situation in the Church of England as he sees it and what may lie ahead for Conservative Evangelicals.