The most senior Anglican bishop in Wales has a one-word answer when asked if there is a future for the institutional church in this nation: “Absolutely.”
The Church in Wales is in a time of transition and challenge but Bishop of Swansea and Brecon John Davies also senses opportunity.
Barry Morgan has stepped down as Archbishop of Wales after leading the church from 2003 to January of this year and a successor has yet to be appointed.
The next Archbishop will have to address the persistent decline in church attendance. The average number of adults at a Sunday service has fallen from 33,783 in 2011 to 29,019 in 2015.
Despite the downward trajectory of the statistics, Bishop Davies does not see himself as in the business of managing decline.
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