Welcome everybody. These are the powerpoint slides you need for the #NECN2020 conference presentation by Steve Summers. Don’t worry if this doesn’t make any sense to you yet, they are for the zoom on 1st of July.
I am pleased to let you know about a new Mission on the Margins Practitioner track. Urban Life have been developing this with St Hild and we will commence accepting students in September.
Mission on the Margins is designed for people who are involved in mission and ministry in marginal contexts and with marginalised communities. We offer a wide range of modules and a flexibility that enables participants to discover the best learning path for them. Participants can be accredited at MA, postgraduate and graduate level or you can follow a non-accredited path. Modules are taught through a mixture of online seminars, further reading and in person sessions at St Hild’s Sheffield and Mirfield centres. I’ve attached a flyer that gives you more information or you can visit www.sthild.org/practitioner-tracks.
We believe that the training we are offering will enable participants to engage in learning that will increase their understanding of their practice. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.
How do leaders help steer churches through adaptive change?
How do whole church communities become invested in a corporate sense of mission?
How do church cultures better enable and engage Christians in our Kingdom callings?
Such questions are at the forefront of many conversations at this time. The good news is that we are not short of options in how to support leaders and churches through times of accelerating change. This webinar will feature insights on how to lead well in times of accelerating change with contributors from The Arthur Rank Centre, CPAS, Jesus Shaped People, LICC, Mother’s Union and more.
Thousands of churches all over the country are engaged in nurturing cultures to inspire everyday faith. This webinar looks specifically at the role Christian agencies and networks play as strategic partners for dioceses and close accompaniers for worshiping communities. It will feature practical examples of processes for transformation in worshipping communities and in enabling change through investing in collaborative leadership.
The Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar series shares ideas, innovations and insights from the work of Setting God’s People Free. SGPF was set up in 2017 to coordinate work across dioceses to better enable the whole people of God to live out our faith in everyday life. This work involves supporting worshiping communities to better engage in the task of inspiring everyday faith, adapting through small shifts and adopting new practices.
The Chelmsford Diocese NECN Group had planned a physical conference for 25th March 2020. However, when COVID-19 struck this wasn’t possible. Instead they decided to have an email conference. Written presentations were circulated by email around 40 lay workers and clergy in estate parishes in the Chelmsford Diocese. The overall theme was “Growing the Estate Church”. Questions and answers were also circulated by email.
People responded very well to the email conference with lots of rich sharing and stories of growth on the estates. Prayer, local partnerships and collaboration and reaching out to the community with fun days are some of the ways in which churches have grown sustainably to meet local needs.
At this time of needing to change and adapt quickly it seems somewhat of a blessing to be leading a “rubber dingy” of an estates church, that’s super flexible, even if it does leave you feeling rather vulnerable. I’m very keen to hear from others in similar situations what’s working, what’s not and your concerns moving forward, in addition to hearing what God is saying to us collectively, that we may need to give voice to together as we look to the future.
If you’re interested in joining in with this encouraging and non-competitive 90min Zoom Gathering, please email Ash Chafe at email@example.com for the log on details.
Proximity Conference is always a highlight of our year here at Eden, and whilst we can’t meet in person this year I’m excited to let you know that the conference is still going to happen, we’re just moving it online!
On Friday 15 May join us for a day of being equipped and encouraged for urban mission. Together we’ll explore what our mission may look like in a world that is very different to normal, and how our call to ‘Come Follow Me’ can change the lives of our neighbours, friends and communities.
The day will be packed with first class teaching, seminars and conversations from leading national and international speakers including:
Shane Claiborne, prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author who also heads up Red Letter Christians
Danielle Strickland, passionate justice advocate, peacemaker and international speaker who challenges and inspires people to live differently
Andy Hawthorne, founder and CEO of The Message Trust
Sam Ward, Director of Ministry at The Message Trust
Sarah Small, Head of the Eden Network
Bishop Philip North, Bishop of Blackburn
Natalie Williams, Jubilee Plus
Ash Barker, Red Letter Christians
It’s really easy to be part of the Proximity Conference you just need to follow three simple steps:
1. Head to the Eden Network’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
2. Like these pages and make sure we can tell you what’s happening by enabling the notifications.
3. Set time aside on Friday 15 May to watch the great teaching and be encouraged and equipped for mission. And if you happen to be busy on the 15th all of the teaching will be available for you to watch at a later date.
We do hope that you can join us for the day and do tell your friends about it too.
As you will know, NECN had planned Conferences in early June. In the light of the lockdown we have made the decision to cancel these.
Instead, we will be having a free Online Conference on Wednesday July 1st. Please save the date.
We will be sticking with the planned theme of leadership. This will enable us to share and deepen learning about some of the really important pilot work going on around the country developing and encouraging local leadership in our Estate Churches.
It will also give us the chance to reflect on the tensions and experiences we are finding in this time of great challenge.
If you have time to let us know anything you would like to share, please send it to us.
One really important thing in all this is that everyone is making it up as they go along. Please don’t feel guilty if you are not able to do the same as some other people. It is an exceptionally testing time. Please look after yourself. Make sure you get adequate rest, and keep your prayer life going.
Some of our Local Groups are meeting online, and have found this really helpful. We have a Zoom account available for this – please contact Christine if you would like to book a slot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our friends at Jesus Shaped People (https://www.jesusshapedpeople.net/) are working on some excellent free resources for Estate Churches when we are able to physically come back together. Materials to help us in the missional task of discerning how we are different, what God is calling us to do, and how we can be equipped to do this. More details soon.
Pope Francis has issued an invitation to Christian leaders and the faithful around the world to join him in praying the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday 25 March (The Feast of the Annunciation) at 11.00 am GMT (12 noon in Rome).
A letter to Archbishop Justin from Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this post.. Archbishop Justin has replied to say that he will be joining the Pope in prayer at that time from Lambeth Palace.
Are you a church leader, community worker
or mission practitioner wondering what social distancing means for your work?
Are you wondering how others are coping?
If so, here’s an opportunity to connect and reflect together.
On Thursday 26th March at 8pm, we invite you to join us for a ‘Virtual Cuppa’; an online conversation to reflect on our physical, emotional and theological responses to the current Coronavirus situation. We’ll offer some questions to guide discussion and there’ll be opportunity to think about how we might continue to support one another, going forward. Follow the link below to register and don’t forget to bring a brew!