2008 Synod backs church tourism

2008 Synod backs church tourism

The General Synod of the Church of England has backed a call for church tourism to be taken seriously in every diocese, after a stimulating debate in York on Sunday 6th July 2008.

The motion as carried by the Synod in York on Sunday 6th July (with a couple of amendments) reads as follows:

Mr Roy Thompson (York) moved:

‘That this Synod, remembering that churches are first and foremost places of prayer and faith:

(a) support the aims and objectives of the Churches Tourism Association’s “Sacred Britain” strategy;

b) call on the Archbishops’ Council to encourage each Diocese to form a Churches Tourism Group or, at least, to identify a Diocesan Tourism Officer;

c) propose that such Groups and officers be encouraged to:

i) develop ecumenical church tourism networks through Churches Regional Commissions, where they exist, or similar regional bodies, to enable and facilitate strategic partnerships within Government Regions;
(ii) work with Cathedrals and Churches in their area to establish strong, sustainable, cultural and educational links to strengthen the part played by churches in the wider cultural life of the nation; and
(iii) establish and maintain regional and sub-regional contacts and dialogue with English Heritage, Churches Tourism Association, Historic Churches Preservation Trust, Churches Conservation Trust and other heritage and funding bodies; and
(iv) seek to encourage the mission opportunities arising from church tourism to be taken in imaginative ways, and promote good practice in communicating the Christian faith appropriately to visitors to our church buildings; and

(d) ask the Archbishops’ Council to report back on progress before the end of this Synod (July 2010).’

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