Potter, currently director of pioneer ministry for the Diocese of Liverpool, will take over from Bishop Graham Cray in April.

Talking of his vision for the future of Fresh Expressions, Canon Potter said: ‘I believe that Fresh Expressions is a God-given tool for our time, helping us to reimagine ? as well as renew ? the local church for mission.’

Fresh Expressions focuses on planting new forms of church, often different in ethos and style from the church that planted them, in order to reach a completely different group of people.

‘I could not be more pleased to have Phil Potter as my successor with Fresh Expressions,’ said Bishop Cray. ‘The future, of course, will be in God’s hands, but Phil will certainly have his part to play in the development of the Fresh Expressions movement.’