THE future of the Church in Wales was discussed by hundreds of
its members last month, who gathered in Llandudno to learn about
the radical changes under way.
More than 240 people, including all the CiW's bishops, attended
the two-day conference The Time Is Now, to consider the 2020 Vision
- the strategy created in response to an independent review of the
Church, published two years ago, which warned that the existing
structure meant that it was "stretched beyond what it can or should
properly bear" (News, 27
An important aspect of the strategy is the creation of "ministry
areas", led by teams of clergy and lay people, as opposed to the
traditional structure of smaller parishes led by one priest.
Speaking at the conference, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry
Morgan, said: "It is not about doing more with less, but more about
a cultural change in the kind of Church we are - realising that the
mission and ministry of Jesus has been entrusted to the Church as a
whole, not just to bishops and clergy."
Each of the Welsh dioceses sent about 30 boxes to the
conference, decorated by churchpeople with the stories of their
faith. They were used to build a wall, a refuge, and finally an
altar as part of the worship.