After almost ten years of episcopal ministry in this graced and most beautiful Diocese, I have discerned in my prayers that I am called by God in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, to lay down this particular position of leadership, as the Bishop of Christchurch, in the Church of God.
I have communicated the same to the Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses, the Most Rev’d Philip Richardson. My resignation will come into effect on 1 May this year. While I will see many of you at various gatherings before then I do hope to have a diocesan service at the Transitional Cathedral to thank you for your incredibly faithful service as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve as your Bishop in many different situations (earthquakes; wind; fire and floods to name a few).
Some will ask if I have a position to move on to; or whether I am retiring; others may wonder about a potential health challenge. The answer to all those questions is no. But I need to be obedient and pause and reflect on God’s call on my life at this time, in order to discern the direction in which God is calling me to follow Jesus.
After this announcement goes out, information about the oversight of the Diocese of Christchurch after 1 May 2018 will be forthcoming from Chancellor Jeremy Johnson and Archbishop Philip Richardson.
In conclusion, let me again say thank you for being the church, members of the body of Christ, in this place at this time.
Please know the Diocese of Christchurch will be in my prayers of both intercession and thanksgiving for a long time to come.