It was announced this morning that our very own Bishop Nick is off to become Bishop of Bradford. Nick has made no secret of his love for the north of England (hailing as he did from Liverpool) and I am delighted for him this morning although sad for us.
He has written about it on his blog.
Nick has been a great bishop for us. He has been concerned, caring and questioning. He inspired the clergy of our area and was encouraging of the churches to be confident and caring. He is a good communicator both in a personal setting and in the media, unafraid of getting “stuck in”.
He goes to a diocese that is in need of these qualities. It is a diocese that has seen decline in recent years and a recent report has suggested that three of the dioceses there be merged. This may well mean that he is the last Bishop of Bradford. It is a brave move by Nick to take but I think that the church has chosen well even if it is a temporary move. Ruth Gledhill of the times is running a campaign for him to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury and sees this as a move in that direction!
Congratulations to Nick and our prayers go with you (although he isn’t leaving until the spring/ early summer).