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.
Rod led this Away Day for PCC members from Lichfield Diocese – speaking and facilitating small group work for the individual PCCs. The day was attended by over 100 people with feedback showing that people had found it very helpful.
Over 50 evangelical churches have now passed a resolution under the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests and the Bishop of Maidstone, who has now been in post for just over a year, believes that momentum amongst evangelical churches over the passing of resolutions is building. He is aware of a
Rod has been asked to be a member of the group of ten Bishops assisting the Bishops of the Church of England in their reflections relating to human sexuality. The terms of reference of this group were announced in a press release by the College of Bishops on 16 September 2016 and can be found here.
On 5th July, Rod conducted an ordination at St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate, London for Michael Mantle and Philip Brentford, having ordained Ben Vane two days earlier at St Thomas’ Church, Oakwood, London. Pictured here are Philip Brentford and Michael Mantle together with the Rector, William Taylor, and Archdeacon Luke Miller outside St Helen’s.
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