Bishop Mike Royal has been appointed as the subsequent Basic Secretary of Church buildings Collectively in England (CTE).
CTE is a nationwide ecumenical physique that has the goal of fostering unity between church buildings from totally different traditions.
Royal is co-chief govt of the Cinammon Community, a charity serving to church buildings throughout Britain and Eire with group engagement and social motion tasks.
He has till now represented the Apostolic Pastoral Congress in CTE’s Racial Justice Working Group.
Commenting on his appointment as Basic Secretary, he mentioned: “I’m each honoured and humbled to just accept the function of Basic Secretary of Church buildings Collectively in England, because the church journeys collectively to fulfil the mandate of Jesus ‘that all of them could also be one, as we’re one’ (John 17.22).
“I pray, as our nation and the church navigate collectively by difficult and troublesome points, that we’ll all discover a deeper dedication to God and to 1 one other, as we journey collectively on this important ecumenical journey.”
He’ll take over management of CTE from outgoing Basic Secretary, Rev Dr Paul Goodliff, in March 2022.
Welcoming the information, Dr Goodliff mentioned: “The appointment of Bishop Mike as my successor is a superb subsequent step for CTE, which can profit from his expertise of inspiring church buildings to serve their communities.
“It strengthens additional the dedication of the ecumenical motion in England to the duty of constructing Christ recognized in phrase and deed.
“I look ahead a lot to the chance of working with Mike by this transitional interval, and I pray that he will probably be given a lot knowledge and charm as he begins on this function.”
Past CTE, Royal has been closely concerned within the ecumenical scene by his involvement in Road Pastors, main the Birmingham workforce, and dealing with Birmingham Church buildings Collectively on their community-focused ‘Standing within the Gaps’ initiatives.
He at present co-chairs the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games 2022 Church buildings Collectively Working Group together with the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham, the place his work entails coordinating church efforts round a spread of points together with anti-trafficking, younger folks, social cohesion, well being and wellbeing.
The Chair of the CTE Trustees, Rowena Loverance, mentioned: “Everybody at Church buildings Collectively in England is delighted and excited by Mike Royal’s appointment as Basic Secretary.
“He brings us in depth expertise in placing religion into motion and we stay up for benefitting – together with all our Member Church buildings – from Mike’s strategic grasp, theological acumen and deep pastoral concern.”