We have now published our Statement of Needs, which sets out the desired profile of our new bishop, informed by our own consultation across the Diocese.
This document is the fruit of prayer, reflection, consultation, and hard work by members of the Vacancy in See Committee and sets out the desired profile of our new bishop, informed by our own consultation across the Diocese.
Bishop Lee said: "This is a document which honestly reflects who we are as a Diocese the realities of our identity and context and our desire to build on the foundations laid in recent years in going deeper, wider and further in our holiness and mission.
"I want to encourage our congregations to read it and to use it as we move forward in exploring the diocesan vision and priorities within our own contexts."
Some further printed copies of the Statement of Needs are available on request.
By the end of the year, a new Bishop of Bristol will have been appointed, who will serve, care for, and lead us in mission among the people of our Diocese, from Bristol to Swindon and across all our surrounding towns and villages.
In terms of the next steps in the appointment process, the Crown Nominations Committee will meet to discuss the appointment and shortlist on 1 February 2018, and meet with candidates on 12 and 13 March 2018. Assuming an appointment is made, we expect an announcement in May 2018