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Diocese of Exeter – Draft Strategic Plan


There was a considerable response to the online consultation exercise over the summer and to the four conversations with the Bishops at meetings in Barnstaple, Exeter, Paignton and Plymouth. We estimate 850 people came to the four meetings, nearly double the number who had indicated they would. Bishop John, who chaired the Strategic Plan Task Group and attended all four meetings, has subsequently reflected on some of the issues which were raised, & now he offers an initial personal reflection.

Well over 400 people provided written questions during the four meetings. As far as was possible in the time available, these were sorted during the meetings and the Bishops then sought to answer some of the groups of questions towards the end of the meetings. Work on responding to these questions is on-going and represents a considerable task, even allowing for the fact that some questions were very similar. Generic responses will be posted onto the Diocesan website as soon as is practical. The Strategic Plan is also being revised in the light of responses, and will be debated at Diocesan Synod in October.

Please do bear in your prayers all those seeking to progress work on this, who are currently very thinly spread!   Warm thanks for your participation in this consultation.

Mark Beedell       Exeter Diocesan Secretary    18 Sep 12


Copies of the Report on the  conversations  are available from Exeter Diocese at The Old Deanery,

Or may be obtained  direct by emailing



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