The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has announced he is seconding Bishop Ivan Lee to work on strengthening church growth in the Diocese, in a new portfolio for the experienced Bishop.

Bishop Lee, who was appointed by Archbishop Jensen in 2003, is the longest-serving Assistant Bishop in Sydney.

"I am convinced our rectors and churches will benefit from Bishop Lee's passion for kingdom growth through evangelism, his experience in leading our mission areas and his many years of advising parishes," Dr Davies said.

Bishop Lee says he is looking forward to focussing on evangelism and church growth.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my sixteen years serving the Western Region with the many and varied responsibilities the role entails. It is an extremely challenging yet interesting role. But I am excited to now narrow my focus on the challenges of growing spiritually healthy churches of all shapes and sizes in multicultural Sydney. I also look forward to working with Evangelism and New Churches, the Centre for Ministry Development at Moore College and other diocesan organisations.” Bishop Lee said.

Archbishop Davies is planning, with the concurrence of the Standing Committee, to appoint a new Bishop for Western Sydney by the end of the year.

“Bishop Lee, with his experience of the challenges of ministry in the Western Sydney Region and extensive knowledge of this highly multicultural area, will be invaluable in ensuring a smooth transition for the new bishop.”

Photo: Bishop Lee at Synod this year.