Bishop Nick is leaving

Bishop Nick at Springfield Church

Bishop Nick at Springfield Church for a confirmation service

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).

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4 comments on “Bishop Nick is leaving

  1. Harvey Edser
    December 17, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Boohoo! Nick rocks!

  2. Angela Baker
    December 17, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Losing Bishop Nick will be a bit like if my beloved Spurs lost Harry Redknapp! (Heaven forbid).
    Nick is amazing & I’m sure he will be well placed to be a real blessing in Bradford. Good training for what I suspect will be the future call-up to the Canterbury role!
    Now about the Croydon slot….no Will, we won’t let you apply, we need you at Springfield!
    God bless,
    Angela B. x

  3. Jean
    December 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Top bloke. Might go back north myself.

  4. Angela Baker
    December 18, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    @ Jean: NOO You can’t leave us too!

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