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MORE LEADERS: Archbishop of York John Sentamu

THE CHURCH of England is on a mission to see a 50 per cent increase in the number of trainee clergy by 2020 so it can increase the number of people ministering in parishes, chaplaincies and new forms of church.

The church is particularly keen to increase the number of female trainees as well as those from a BME background so that they can reflect the broad range of communities that they service.

VISION

The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Rev Andrew Watson, chair of the Ordained Vocations Working Group, said: “The aspiration to increase the number of new clergy by 50 per cent is part of a wider vision to release and develop the gifts of the whole people of God. It's encouraging to see most of the dioceses really rising to this challenge, as they reshape their vocations teams and put new and more proactive vocations strategies in place.

“We are picking up a fresh commitment to 'pray to the Lord of the Harvest', along with early reports of an increase in the number of enquiries from potential candidates."

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