JUNE 26 2021 – THE LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER TIM DAKIN IS “FIRST BISHOP IN THE CHURCH’S HISTORY TO BE SUBJECT OF NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION” – DAILY MAIL

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DAILY MAIL – JUNE 26 2021

Bishop on the brink: Bishop of Winchester battles for his job after no-confidence motion | Daily Mail Online

THINKING ANGLICANS – JUNE 26 2021

What next in the Diocese of Winchester? | Thinking Anglicans

GAVIN ASHENDEN

“Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?” How will the Church of England rid itself of its bullying crisis? – Gavin Ashenden

“Tim Dakin appeared to have a limited repertoire in his management skills”

‘SURVIVING CHURCH’ – STEPHEN PARSONS

Return to Winchester and Dakingate – Surviving Church

HAMPSHIRE CHRONICLE

Chronic problems at Winchester Diocese revealed | Hampshire Chronicle

FURTHER INFORMATION

Winchester rebels against its diocesan bishop | Thinking Anglicans

COMMENTS

Hilary Dawes

It all has the feeling of a continuation of the ethos of control that is making the Diocese a thoroughly unpleasant place to be – especially when others are unearthing information from the past that puts recent events into very clear perspective.

PRIVATE EYE

Private Eye No 1549 – 11 June – 24 June 2021

CHURCH NEWS COLLECTION – PRIVATE EYE – NO 1549 – 11 JUNE – 24 JUNE 2021

Winchester woes

BISHOP Tim Dakin is a man on a mission. The ruthless pursuit of his “action plan” for the diocese of Winchester has led to him being dubbed Tim Jong-un. Parish priests are set targets for growth, and those who can’t deliver bums on pews are reprimanded or removed.

The plan has caused great anger and hurt, and the payoffs are said to have cost the diocese up to £500,000. Two years ago, the Channel Islands were removed from Winchester diocese after an irretrievable and expensive breakdown in relations between the bishop and the Dean of Guernsey.

At the end of last month, Dakin “stepped aside” from his duties for six weeks while facing an unprecedented motion of no-confidence at his diocesan synod, after 30 senior priests and lay people complained about a bullying leadership style. With his suffragan bishop also stepping aside in sympathy with the rebels, it’s hard to see how Dakin can find a way back.

The Bishop of Winchester is a key post in the Church of England – one of the five that come with automatic membership of the House of Lords. Dakin’s elevation in 2011 came as a surprise to many. To be appointed bishop without ever having been a parish priest is unusual, but Dakin’s route to the episcopate is unprecedented. Some Anglicans are now re-examining his eclectic CV.

Dakin took a degree from St mark and St John, then a teacher training college and now Plymouth’s second most prestigious university. He spent three years at Oxford as a “researcher” working towards a doctorate, but didn’t pass the confirmation stage and left without any qualification. He moved to Kenya, where his father had founded a Church Army training college. Dakin Jnr was quickly appointed CEO of the college and commissioned as a Church army officer, and then ordained as priest in Nairobi Cathedral. Such an elevation normally follows a rigorous selection process and several years of intensive training, but Dakin appears to have found a short cut.

Last year he was finally awarded his doctorate by the chancellor of the University of Winchester, celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh. The bishop, who also happens to be a governor of the university, skipped the tiresome drudgery of original research by getting the PhD from an anthology of his past. Fittingly enough, Dakin is also the Church of England’s lead bishop for further and higher education.

The Lord Bishop of Winchester Tim Dakin

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