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1 Diocesan Synod 9 November 2013

2 The Diocese of Canterbury David Heywood Re-imagining Ministry

3 Reimagining Ministry Canterbury Diocesan Synod, November 9th 2013

4 Saying Goodbye to the Old

5 Wondering what the New will be like

6 Familiar ways are coming to an end

7 What holds us back? ‘New insights fail to get put into practice because they conflict with deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting’ Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation, p.163

8 Mission-shaped pastoral reorganisation

9 Possibilities for gradual change  Benign competition  Recognising each other’s distinctive gifts and affirming each other’s differing emphases  Cooperation Clergy covering each other’s holidays Shared contracts on guttering Shared funeral administrator  Coordination Joint work in secondary school covering multiple parishes Sharing marriage preparation, residential home ministry  Coevolution Praying and planning the shape of mission together Martyn Snow, Mission Partnerships, Grove 2013

10 Mission and therefore ministry are local and contextual Inherited mode of church:  Stipendiary ministry is the standard form of ministry and all other forms of ministry are auxiliary optional extras Emerging mode of church:  Local ministry is the standard form of ministry and stipendiary ministry exists to guide, resource and ‘connect’ local ministry

11 Meeting needs or discovering vocation?


13 Your SHAPE for God’s Service  Spiritual gifts (God's unique gifts to you)  Heart's Desire (what motivates and excites you)  Abilities (your talents, knowledge and skills)  Personality (your character, qualities and strengths)  Experiences (what you have gained from your life experiences) Developed by Amiel Osmaston, Diocese of Carlisle

14 Only in church or out in the world? Human work is  cooperation with God  in the transformation of creation  empowered by the Holy Spirit  As part of the coming kingdom of God Miroslav Volf, Work in the Spirit

15 Chaplaincy: the new front line

16 From ‘Come’ to ‘Go’ Our Terms, Our Turf e.g. process evangelism Their Terms, Our Turf e.g. church halls Our Terms, Their Turf e.g. some church plants Their Terms, Their Turf e.g. chaplains e.g. fresh expressions

17 ‘Beyond the Fringe’ research (2003) 1.Destiny: what happens when we die? where, if anywhere, are we going? 2.Purpose: what is the point of life? what values should I live by? whose life and values might I take as an example? 3.The universe: how did it start? is it designed? is it planned? is it controlled in any way? 4.God: does he/she/it exist? if so, what is he/she/it like? what, if any, viable relationship could there be between God and human beings? 5.Spiritual realm: is there a spiritual realm? what form does it take? does it have any relevance to me and my life? 6.Suffering: why is there so much suffering in the world? what national and international issues particularly concern me? what can be done about them?

18 Foundational and vocational domains Ann Morisy: Journeying Out, 2004 and ‘Mapping the Mixed Economy’ in Future of the Parish System  Foundational Domain: ‘The task … is to strengthen people’s confidence in their intimation that there is an enduring spiritual reality … it involves helping to foster a sense of the possibility of God.  Vocational Domain: ‘… encouraging people to discover and embrace their distinctive call from God … everyone has within them the urge to be a better self.’ Christianity is ‘a campaign for real humanity’ (Rowan Williams)

19 What is Christianity? 1. going to church; taking communion; keeping Lent; confirmation; cathedral worship 2. who was Jesus? sin and atonement; resurrection; moral teachings 3. maintaining the building; keeping services going; royal weddings; Establishment 4 supportive Christian friendship; experience of loving and being loved 5. uplifting worship, from Catholic to charismatic; festivals, pilgrimages, conferences; retreats 6. guidance on daily living; coherent identity, uniting fragmented life pattern; wholesome religious teaching for children 7. opportunity to serve the community or wider world; expression of idealism or better self 1.Christian practices 2. Christian beliefs 3. The institution 4. Face to face community 5. Spiritual experience 6. Wisdom for living 7. Making a difference

20 What are the relative priorities in your deanery or parish?  Identifying and training local ministers  Mission to specific groups not normally relating to church  Developing chaplaincy opportunities  Changing structures to facilitate mission  Helping people relate faith and daily work  Reflecting on the different aspects of being a Christian See if you can identify the THEOLOGICAL reasons for your order of priorities

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