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Church in Wales to invest £100 million in church ministry

by Kelly Valencia

The Church in Wales has announced a new, big financial investment in church ministry. 

It will spend more than £100 million of its capital reserves over the next decade to help it's churches serve their communities more effectively. 

Archbishop of Wales, Most Rev Andrew John made the announcement during the Church's Governing Body meeting on Wednesday. 

Speaking to Premier, Archbishop Andrew said the investment is "the measure of our faith and our ambition to make a difference to all Wales". 

He said committing to invest £100 million was the "most serious and significant" investment the Church had made since 1920.

"We're committing ourselves to doing a raft of things that will see us making greater impact upon the whole nation, drawing people more closely into the church, offering faith, and transforming love wherever we can. 

"We feel that we need resources to do that we have a tremendous space in all of our communities. But to maximize our effectiveness, we think we need to invest further. And we need to do so over a sustained period of time. So 10 years. So it's a lot of money, and it's a long time. But it's in order to make sure that the growth is sustainable into the long term," he continued. 

Investment will be made in development of new ministries and initiatives, as well as in strengthening existing work.

"We want to share the Gospel in tried and tested ways. But in new ways, as well, we are interested in outreach. We also want to enable our mission and ministry areas, which are our parishes to flourish even more, because they do a huge amount, whether it's in things like food banks, whether it's in warm banks, or whether it's in the kind of support that Christians do day-by-day and other institutions. 

"We want to make sure that they're enabled and equipped to do that. But to do it even more. And as I say, in order to do that, we need more people, and we need more resource, but we think it's the right thing to do."

Archbishop Andrew said church leaders had taken a "conscious decision" to take the money from its reserves as they believe this is a "real opportune time" for Christians to step up. 

When asked about the way the Church in Wales will be helping congregations with the cost of living crisis, he said churches will continue their work with food banks and providing a warm space for people. 

The Governing Body is meeting on September 7-8 at the International Convention Centre in Newport.

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