At the request of the Circuit Meeting, a small Strategy Group has been formed and begun its work. The issues that the Strategy Group needs to address are many and most are interwoven with a number of considerations. However, at our first meeting we were convinced of three things. Firstly this is an exciting opportunity to discern God's leading for the whole Circuit. Secondly, that the current situation is not sustainable in the near future and thirdly, that we need to ground all our work in prayer. This is not just the task of the members of the group, but a task for everyone in the whole Circuit. As many people have already said, 'you will need our prayers.'
As we begin our work we need to discern where God is leading us in the next five years. What might the Circuit look like then? What kind of staffing shall we need to fulfill God's calling on us as a Circuit of Local Churches? Where will our churches, manses, centres of work need to be?
These are just some of the questions we face. We have committed to meet every week between now and Easter, in the belief that we will be able to make recommendations to the next Circuit Meeting. This is no small task. Please pray for us, that God will direct our hearts and minds giving us such a clarity of thought that we might truly seek his will for the Bradford North Circuit.