Arrival of your new Diocesan Secretary

Author: Mr Tim Sweeting

Published on: 14 December 2021

As a fellow PCC member, it gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Diocesan Secretary.

As lay leaders in our parishes, I know from experience that your passion to serve, leadership and commitment underpin so much of the good that we see our churches deliver across the Diocese.

I have worked in the charity sector for the last 22 years, the last 12 of which I have spent leading a local Christian charity called YMCA Norfolk. Over this time, I have sought to empower people to make decisions that will see their lives transformed so they have hope for this life and the next. I am looking forward to working towards the same outcomes in this new role and hope I can apply the skills and experience that I gained to good effect so that I might make a positive contribution.

I certainly look forward to working with you to support our churches to thrive so they can continue to be at the heart of their communities, in the way we have seen so powerfully through the pandemic.

I have inherited a wonderful team at the Diocesan Board of Finance, who, although much reduced in number going forwards due to the recent financial pressures, are working extremely hard to ensure PCCs, clergy and congregations have the resources, advice and support they need.

PCC news is a great example of this as it ensures that those PCC members who have no internet access are still able to feel informed about matters that are vital to their role. Even better is that, thanks to the organisations that advertise in the paper, PCC News has very little cost implication to the Diocesan Board of Finance. I look forward to sharing more about other initiatives to help our parishes in future editions.

There is much for our PCCs to be considering as we seek to emerge from the pandemic, and many challenges to face. I hope that together we can not only overcome the challenges, but in God’s strength, take the opportunities he provides to be a beacon of hope in our communities.

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Mr Tim Sweeting

Diocesan Secretary (Chief Executive)

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