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‘Knowing Their People and Being Known By Them’: A Changing Episcopal Role within Accompanied Ministry Development in the Diocese of Truro

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Andrew Village York St John University, UK, A.Village@yorksj.ac.uk

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Judith A. Muskett York St John University, UK, j.muskett1@yorksj.ac.uk

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Using a range of qualitative data, this article presents a case study of changing episcopal roles in the Diocese of Truro, necessitated by its bishops’ involvement in the innovative Accompanied Ministry Development Programme (amd). This style of engagement foregrounds the activity specified in the ordinal of ‘getting to know the people and being known by them’. Findings raise questions such as whether roles currently undertaken by the bishops could be shared among senior staff and, if not, how the role of bishops could be adjusted to cope with an ongoing commitment to engage with incumbents and parishes across the Diocese on a regular basis. These are questions upon which any diocese may wish to reflect when initiating change that requires direct episcopal support.

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