The London Plan is a declaration made and signed by the Bishop of London and all the Area and Suffragan Bishops. It relates to the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure 2014, the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests 2014 and its associated regulations made under Canon C29.
For over 20 years, the London Plan has set out how certain parts of the Bishop of London’s authority – such as the authority to ordain and license clergy – may be delegated to the other bishops of the Diocese of London. It allows parochial church councils to petition the Bishop of London to make provision for episcopal ministry in that parish to be exercised by a bishop other than the Diocesan or Area Bishop.
The London College of Bishops views the London Plan as vital to the life of the Diocese, permitting all parts of the Church to thrive, and to live and work together for the good of the Kingdom of God in mutual respect. The Plan encapsulates the House of Bishops’ Five Guiding Principles.
The Plan provides a framework within which those who hold sharply defined differences about the ministerial priesthood can live together in simplicity, reciprocity and mutuality. We believe that the diversity of church tradition of the Diocese is part of our strength, and in it we find unity.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London
The Rt Revd Rob Wickham Bishop of Edmonton
The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington
The Rt Revd Dr Joanne Grenfell, Bishop of Stepney
The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham
The Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington