Image by Coventry City Council via FlickrChurches Together in England (CTE) is about to initiate a review of Intermediate Bodies. Here is an extract from "Between the local and the national: a health check for churches working together in the counties and large cities of England" published by CTE in 2001:
A unique feature of church life in England, hardly paralleled elsewhere in the world, has been the development of a network of intermediate bodies - mostly corresponding to counties or large cities - where the churches have developed a pattern of co-operation and shared life which also gives oversight to local ecumenism in its different forms.
These intermediate bodies are an example off the development of shared episcope, the oversight of the whole people of God, reflecting the wider movement towards joint decision-making and mutual accountability.
Ten years on, it is time to review the intermediate bodies again.
An online questionnaire will be available to County Ecumenical Officers, various members of intermediate bodies, denominational officers, diocesan officers and any others able to answer questions on behalf of Local Ecumenical Partnerships or Churches Together Groups. This will need to be completed by the end of February.
Most of these people should receive details through the usual channels but if anyone would like to complete the questionnaire and believes they are unlikely to receive a copy, contact me and I will pass on your details. Once I have a contact for the review, I'll add the details as a comment to this post.