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.
God calls people from all walks of life, and our ministers should reflect the society we are part of.
“We are working hard to support those from deprived backgrounds who are going through the discernment process by offering mentoring (https://www.churchofengland.org/mentors).
Feedback suggests that mentoring has built confidence amongst those from underrepresented groups. But we need more mentors in order to make this as widely available as possible. If anyone (ordained or lay but with some understanding of the discernment process) would be willing to volunteer for this role, we have training sessions available in March, May, July and September and a Mentor gathering with ++Justin at Lambeth Palace in November.
We would dearly love to have more mentors with estates experience to add to our resource here. Any help you can offer would be invaluable”
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit https://www.churchofengland.org/mentoring
This link will give details of mentor training days around the country and there is a contact form to complete.
“Urban Mission, another tilt” will be a joint day with the Nazarene Theological College looking at aspects of urban mission and ministry, such as calling, context and training. In its 24 years Urban Presence has seen many encouraging new initiatives and ministries with the “high’hanging fruit” of our inner-urban and outer estate areas of deprivation.
But, there remains a basic inequality of where God’s people are located in relation to where most of the people of our cities live.
Are we missing something or doing something wrong?
This day is for church leaders, activists, trainers and educators to look again at the specifics of this context, the nature of calling to these areas and appropriate practical training for those who seek to serve there.
Free, but advance booking only. Lunch and refreshments included.
To book onto this event click here
After years of working with churches in disadvantaged communities (on housing estates, with Church Urban Fund and currently with St Martin in the Fields) I’m doing research into the response of C-of-E churches to need. C-of-E churches are busy doing all kinds of work in a context of social change, cuts to public services and increased need. I want to understand this important activity more.
My research focuses on four C-of-E churches in varied contexts, that each use different approaches to respond to need. I will spend between 5 to 10 weeks with each, help out with activity as a participant and then interviewing some of those involved, generating a case study of each.
Can you help? I need to find four C-of-E churches to participate in this research. To help find the four, I’ve adapted a social work model that summarises four essential ‘types’ of response to need. It’s not perfect – however, it’s a useful start for talking about responses to need. I’m looking for a C-of-E church for each of those four types.
It might be you think your church is responding as one ‘type’ and could be involved – please do be in touch.
Andy Turner –Centre for Community Engagement Research | Faiths and Civil Society UnitDepartment for Social Therapeutic and Community Studies,Goldsmiths, University of London | New Cross, London, SE14 6NW | UKOr maybe there’s a church you know of, that you think could be worth approaching? Please contact us if you can help and we will put you in touch with Andy Turner.
Try Praying is a resource for people who are not religious and don’t go to church.
If you click on the caption to the above image you can download a free booklet. Alternatively you can visit https://www.trypraying.co.uk/ to find out more.
Are you looking for resources for and insights into estate ministry? Joe Hasler is a parish priest with 25 years’ of experience of living and working on estates. He has also worked for 17 years as a community development worker.
Some of his work can be downloaded from the list below:
This is Joe’s research into the rich patterns of working class life and culture.
This is a testimony of how working class leaders raised themselves up on an estate in Bristol.
This is Joe’s research into how working class leaders have been raised up and formed on estates.
Joe’s thoughts on the need for the wider churches to trust that God is at work in the wisdom of working class leaders.
If you would like to read more about Joe’s thoughts please visit
We believe that the best people to serve and lead in their community are the people already there who love Jesus. We’re committed to helping you grow in the gifts that God has given you.
Book for free online at https://www.tfaforms.com/4775234
Find out more here at https://www.ccx.org.uk/estates-course/
Urban Life is a Christian organisation that has developed learning programmes to help groups reflect more deeply on their mission. The programmes are designed for people who work in urban areas and on the estates.
Groups meet to learn and reflect theologically on their practice and the encounters they have had. A Masters Degree programme is also available.
Urban life currently have spaces available on Experiments in Mission in the East Midlands with a taster session on the 13th February 2020 and a full start in March. Please click here for more details.
As part of the Allchurches Trust Grant to build national support for Estates Ministry, we have two local Leadership Pilots beginning, one in London and one in Birmingham.
The Birmingham Pilot began last night with 17 people from outer estate and inner city anglican parishes gathering for a Learning Group that will Deepen Formation and Leadership.
The London Pilot begins soon – click here for details.
The Pilots are quite different and there will be a deep evaluation of them carried out by Church Army. We hope that this will be of value to the wider Church, and that all denominations will find ways of enabling people on estates to express all their gifts.
We know that local leadership is one of the key themes for estate churches. Our National Conferences next year will explore this. Details of dates and venues coming soon.
Please pray for all those involved in the Learning Pilots.