Lichfield Diocese has been working with James Lawrence to look
at the issues of Vicars with 2 churches. They have distinctive issues to deal
with which are not the same as multiple churches. CPAS are running a day for
our clergy in this situation on Thursday 19th September at
Shallowford House (Stone, Stafford) from 10am to 4pm. The day will led by
Graham Archer, their Director of Ministry who has personal experience of
leading two churches, accompanied by two clergy from Lichfield Diocese who have
been working with CPAS on this.
We have ten places which I
can offer to other Dioceses –a maximum of two people per Diocese, so that you
can come and experience this to see if it is something you wish to repeat in
your Diocese. If you are interested please contact Mr Richard Barrett, Local
Mission Research Assistant at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
there is any way you can use this please do. It would be great if you could
signpost people to it and get word out, especially for local churches to show
in a service, church council, mission planning meeting etc.
TERM FOR 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF COMMENCEMENT
MINIMUM WAGE PLUS £7650 LIVING EXPENSES
about working in a university chaplaincy?
to grow in the gifts of preaching, leading worship and pastoral care?
full-time ministry in the Church of England?
to work with the university chaplain in his Carlisle Deanery role of
pioneering a new church aimed at 18-30s?
The University of Cumbria seeks
applications for the role of Chaplaincy Intern for the academic year 2013-14,
to be based in the historic city of Carlisle. You will make a crucial
contribution within the ministry of the chaplaincy team, as well as having the
opportunity to partner with the university chaplain in his Carlisle Deanery
role of seeking to plant and grow a new church aimed at people in the 18-30
The role is particularly suited to a
recent graduate who may be considering full-time ministry in the Church of
England or another province of the Anglican Communion.
University is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young
people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this
is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Please note that the successful applicant
will be required to undergo a Disclosure check (via the Criminal Records
Bureau) and Clearance prior to confirmation of appointment.
Informal enquiries should be
directed to: The Revd Matthew Firth (University
Chaplain) email: email@example.com, tel: (01228) 616184
The closing date for this
post is Midnight on Monday 24 June 2013.
The University of Cumbria would encourage
applications, where possible, to be submitted electronically via our
e-recruitment system on following address: https://cumbriajobs.engageats.co.uk/
is not possible to apply electronically please contact the recruitment team:
I am writing to brief you on stage two of the Experiences of
Ministry Project, i.e. the 2013 Experiences of Ministry Survey (EMS), and to
ask for your help to promote participation. The survey was sent out on
the 13th June.
I am acutely conscious that over the last 12 months a range of
surveys both local and national have been sent out – particularly the Church
Commissioners’ Church Growth Research (http://www.churchgrowthresearch.org.uk/).
There’s good news in that we have attempted to make sure that the various
strands of work will inform one another and when it comes to reporting on the
research this will be evident. However, I am also conscious of the dangers of
survey fatigue. I am therefore particularly grateful for any support you can
offer, e.g. putting it in newsletters and on your diocesan CMD pages.
The research has produced a rich picture of clergy experiences of
ministry that has helped to inform various strands of work. These have ranged
from the recent national consultation on Self-Supporting Ministry (http://www.ministrydevelopment.org.uk/a_new_pattern_of_priesthood)
to local briefings with Bishop’s staff teams, and in at least one diocese,
using it as evidence to support the case to invest more in their clergy.
Living the Christ Story in
the 21st Century is a day
conversation in York on Wednesday 3 July exploring the nature of mission of
Christ in our fast-evolving cultures. It will be an opportunity for innovators
and would-be innovators in mission in the North of England to gather, encourage
each other, make links and share stories, questions and insights.
The core of the day will be a
series of short presentations by practitioners engaging in mission with
imagination and authenticity in their own contexts, followed by Q&A and
The day is organised by CMS
Missional Communities Orders and Projects with the Spurriergate Centre in York
and partnered by Fresh Expressions and Methodist Venture FX.
Thanks to the generosity of
the Spurriergate Centre and our venue - the Central Methodist Church York -
there's no charge for the day.
We think that this will be an inspiring
day - a great opportunity to sense together where the Missio Dei* may be
calling us, to share what you are doing, to inspire and to be inspired
- and we hope that you can join us!
*Missio Dei: the mission of God, the mission is God's mission
to requests from Missioners the widely used mission
shaped intro course is now available in published form. The whole course
presented in a 130 page book with accompanying dvd-rom is available for £10
with participant's workbooks available for £4 each (or £3.50 each when ten or
more are ordered). The dvd-room includes all the PowerPoint material. To find
out more or to buy please visit www.freshexpressions.org.uk/shop
For those who prefer the downloadable version, this will continue to be
available free of charge.
The in depth
one year learning journey mission shaped
ministry has now been experienced by over 3000 people in eight countries
(now including Barbados, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa). Continuously
updated in the light of feedback and fresh learning msm has recently been augmented with a worship companion with
creative ideas for worship, prayer and further reflection produced by Olive
The outcomes of msm are continually monitored. 90% of respondents
say that the course has produced at least one of the following six outcomes:
start a fresh expression of church (26%);
develop an existing fresh expression of church (32%);
apply the principles of msm to their present 'inherited' church (58%);
clarify a call to pioneer ministry (20%);
grow in support or oversight of a fresh expression of church (38%);
‘Engaging’, an exciting day event for Christians seeking to
understand and engage with contemporary spirituality and spiritual seekers,
will be coming to Christ the Cornerstone Church, Milton Keynes, this June. The
day will include exploration of who spiritual seekers are, together with
explorations of how the church can adapt its form and practice to engage with
The event features three well known practitioners in the
field of engaging with contemporary spirituality. Ian Mobsby, Anglican priest,
an Associate Missioner with the Fresh Expressions team and founder of the Moot
Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in the City of London; he is
involved in mission with spiritual
seekers in the City of London. Steve
Hollinghurst, from the Church Army, has a great deal of experience of youth
mission work and has carried out research into contemporary spirituality.
Andrea Campanale is the creator of Sacred Space where the arts are used to
explore spirituality, and has pioneered mission outreach work at Mind, Body
Talks and workshops will be provided on issues such as
spirituality in today’s culture, meditation and prayer as a medium for mission,
how people use language in contemporary spirituality, and how we might speak of
the Christian faith to spiritual seekers.
‘Engaging’ lasts from 10am-4pm on Saturday 8th
June at Christ the Cornerstone Church, Central Milton Keynes. It costs £15 and
£10 for concessions including a buffet lunch.
Event organiser, Katharine Crowsley says ‘We are looking
forward to an interesting and stimulating day that will provide the opportunity
to think about how we engage with those beyond the reach of traditional church
in contemporary society.’
Rob Winn, VentureFX pioneer missioner for the Methodist
Church says ‘I’m really glad to be part of the team organising this event.
Contemporary society has a keen interest in all things spiritual and it’s
essential that Christians feel confident to engage in those conversations.’
Revd. Cate Williams, Anglican Minister in Woughton
Ecumenical Partnership, Milton Keynes says:
‘This is an important issue for Christians to explore. Many
around us are seeking a spiritual path in life but not finding that traditional
church resources are helping them. We need to think about why this is and how
we can connect with the questions they are asking.’
Table Talk for Uni Students is a conversational game that
aims to create space for friends to talk with friends about the bigger
questions of life. With no "right" or "wrong" answers and
no agenda to 'convert' anyone this pre-pre Alpha resource was created on the
basis that "people do not want to be told what to believe but rather have
a conversation" and "people want to know if it works more than if it
Each game contains six big questions... and for each of the
big questions (you do one big question at each get together) there is a two
minute introduction to be read (by anyone at the table) and sixteen smaller question
cards - each card has a question on it that relates to the big question.
With regard to how you play table talk. Six to eight people
gather at a table - some form of social lubrication is enjoyed - they choose
which of the six big questions they are going to discuss - someone reads the
two minute introduction - sixteen question cards are placed face up on the
table - anyone at the table picks up one of the cards and poses the question to
the group - when the group is ready someone else picks up another question card
and poses that question to the group. Groups normally last between 30-45
minutes and answer three or four questions.
The six big questions in the Uni Students pack are:
Relationships: How do you relate to others?
Identity: Who am I?
Life's Unfair: Is there any justice in the world?
Purpose: What do you want to do with your life?
Wellbeing: What makes you happy?
Choices: How do we make a decision?
Table Talk costs £24.99... with discount for bulk orders
It is important to note that this is a draft version..... we
are more than happy for people to make suggestion on how it can be improved...
The below poem was posted on the C of E website last week.
on the BBC news was the Lord,
hearing about his latest mission,
and praise I have to award. Change to the church,
yes there will be uproar,
this is a great forward lurch,
and I see no flaw. So numbers can grow,
there is no need for liable,
because "God" is now going with the "flow",
indirectly getting children closer to the bible. Let children play,
learning is better when it's fun,
who knows, there might be a crime delay,
less kids turning to the gun. I am going to publicize,
in fact I am going to be the Lord's preacher, because saving me was "Gods" exercise,
and I am truly a grateful and humble creature. Bring your children along,
the "Messy Church" gets the young involved,
play and sing a song. And this is the key to the church never being dissolved.
Tim Ling invites
applications from 15 people to join “A Leadership and Missional Church
Conversation with Pat Keifert” at Church House Westminster on Friday 28 June (10.30
for 11am until not later than 3pm). He apologises that this date excludes
any who will be at the AAEN conference, but dates available with overseas
visitors are inevitably limited…
“In advance of the
Ministry and Mission network joint conference in July here’s a good chance to
get the conversations about the interface between mission and ministry
development started. Building on the work of Leslie Newbigin and others
many of us are aware of the missional church movement which now has several
manifestations around the world. This day event is for diocesan senior staff,
directors of mission and ministry, mission enablers and theological educators
to share together our own experience and interest in leading and developing
missional churches and congregations in UK.
Helping us will be
Lutheran pastor and theologian Pat Keifert from Church Innovations in US (http://www.churchinnovations.org).
Pat, has for over 20 years has been enabling deep cultural change in
congregations for what he calls the New Missional Era (see his key text We are
Here Now), both in US, South Africa, Europe and most recently UK. The three-year
Partnership for Missional Church process (not programme!) has been running in
the dioceses of Bath & Wells, Southwell & Nottingham and Leicester
(alongside St. John’s College, Nottingham) over the past few years and some of
those involved in delivering PMC will be present to share their experiences.
The process also holds out the possibility of reconnecting the ‘academy’ with
the local church and has been generative of innovative theological thinking.
The College of Evangelists Study
Day and Commissioning Service
16th May 2013
the Wilson Carlile Centre,
Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ
10 am onwards Gather
for tea, coffee and catch up
11 am Study
Session with Robin Gamble: Copying
says: “Evangelists, like all other
ministers, need heroes, models and good people to copy. In recent years I have discovered that the
ultimate evangelist is Jesus himself; we
can learn from him, be encouraged and affirmed by him and model ourselves on
12.30 pm Lunch
and Members’ Meeting
2 pm Commissioning
Service and Eucharist. Preacher: Mark Bailey
3.30 pm Tea and
Lunch will be provided for
you – but to make sure you don’t miss out, please let Jenny Lowery know that
you will be there: firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephone 01226 891213.