Throughout Stephen Sykes' theological career a number of key themes continually reemerged with respect to the Church, Christ, the ministry, the Christian life and the doctrinal tradition. This article offers a survey of and a commentary on these themes. It does this by employing a simple framework focusing on issues concerning Christian identity and relevance. Identity issues are considered from a personal, theological and ecclesial perspective. Relevance issues briefly cover Sykes' concerns for the ministry of men and women and the question of power and leadership. Stephen Sykes' theological and ecclesial leadership provide a remarkable resource and lasting legacy for the Church.