|What is Crossroads?
Crossroads is an opportunity for us as a diocese to unite together in locally organised mission, outreach and evangelism. Archbishop Sentamu, together with the Bishops of the Northern Province and their teams, will be working in our diocese from 8th – 11th September 2016. We now have 24 Bishops visiting our diocese together with the Archbishop of York and their teams composed of a mix of lay people, youth workers, ordinands and clergy. The essence of Crossroads is local churches engaging in local mission. The events and style of the mission are decided at local church and deanery level, with the visiting mission team supporting what has been decided by parishes.How will Crossroads be organised?
One (or more) Bishops, together with their teams, have been allocated to each deanery. Archbishop Sentamu’s office invited the Bishops, and we have now been advised that 24 visiting Bishops, together with the Archbishop of York and their teams, will be coming to Blackburn Diocese in September. Our own Bishops have allocated them to deaneries and the Area Deans are arranging for the visiting Bishops to come for a day or evening to spend time meeting people in the deanery. Deaneries are therefore key to the planning of this mission, and each deanery has appointed a Deanery Co-ordinator to help plan Crossroads in their local area.The basic outline of the four days will be:
What does a Deanery Co-ordinator do?
The role of Deanery Co-ordinator is to provide a focal point for the organisation of Crossroads within the deanery, and the gifts and skills of the Deanery Co-ordinator are more important than the deanery role they currently hold.
Why are the dates so early in September?
Do we have to get involved?
Who do I contact for more information?
To help parishes prepare for Crossroads, a Mission Preparation Guide has been produced. Copies of this are being distributed at the Vision 2026 and Crossroads Mission Preparation evenings in January and February 2016 (click here for details of dates and venues), and the Mission Preparation Guide can be downloaded here.
Further resources to help you prepare for Crossroads can be found here.
Crossroads 8-11 September 2016Mal Garnett2016-04-13T07:58:20+01:00