Way of Life
At the heart of our diocesan strategy is an expectation that God is at work in our midst.
By 2025 we aim to “raise the spiritual temperature” of the diocese and therefore propose to develop a diocesan “Rule of Life”, setting out the core elements of a living Christian faith, which everyone will be invited to live out in their own way.
Spiritual growth is always a gift from God, but we know from the witness of the Bible, the tradition of the church and the experience of the saints that it doesn’t happen by accident.
For this reason, individual Christians and church groups have often adopted particular patterns for living their faith more deeply. These have often been known as “Rules” of life, however we prefer the term “Way”, for two reasons.
- Firstly, the Bible tells us that people who committed themselves to Jesus were first known as “followers of the way” (e.g. Acts 22.4).
- Secondly, the word “rule” can sound a bit negative, so a “Rule of Life” might suggest a one-size-fits-all “spiritual straightjacket”, which is not what we intend.
The diocesan Way of Life invites us to think about how we can open every part of our lives to the transforming power of God’s grace, but leaves it up to each person or group to decide how they will make the journey.
A Way of Life can help us to be more intentional about our spiritual growth: we really want it to happen and will take steps to ensure that it does. It can also help us to be more accountable in living out our faith: it reminds us not to forget what is important and helps us to stay committed.
The Way of Life resources are designed as an essential guide for anyone leading a group through the Way of Life.
They may also be used by group members and individuals who want immediate access to some of the main theological background and ideas that run through the Way of Life.
The resources offered have be designed specifically for three key audiences, adults, young people and children - and more information on each resource can be found on the links to the left of the page.