As a Diocese and a Partnership of Parishes, we want to equip members of our church communities to live the mission of Jesus.
Many who would not come near to the church as institution will have contact with Christians in their daily lives. We want to enable members of the Diocese to take the opportunities to share
the love of Christ in deed and word as they serve in their church and community. This programme is a way of recognising and affirming people in their ministries, providing some input/resource and sending them out, encouraging them to continue in that work
The programme for the Bishop’s Commission for Mission Training for the summer term has been released – and it is at Highcliffe – not too far away.
Our current BCMs are making a significant contribution to our ministry, in Worship Leading, Pastoral Visiting and Children’s Work.
However, we would love to encourage more.
Personal invitation is often the best way to lead people on in their ministry and personal development.
So, is there someone in our congregation whom you might encourage to apply for the Worship or Children, Families and Youth streams this summer?
There is a Taster Evening (with no obligation to join afterwards) for any who might be interested on 15th April at St Mark’s Highcliffe from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is open to all and is an opportunity to find out more about the BCM and how it works. Please can you share this information with anyone you think might be interested – let someone on the Ministry Team know if you would like to go.
Could you have a think and pray, and speak to anyone who might be suitable. They can then talk to any of the Ministry Team to find out more.
Might you be interested in developing your skills in either pastoral ministry or leading worship? A new course, the Bishop’s Commission for Ministry, is being run by the Diocese starting in April – details below. If you are interested, speak to one of the Ministry Team, and we can let you have an application form, which then is approved by the Incumbent on behalf of the PCC.
BCM Programme Streams – Spring 2017
Are you a lay person? Would you like some input for your existing ministry, or for a developing vocational path? More interested in learning from passionate practitioners and others in ministry than in getting a formal qualification? Then Bishop’s Commission for Mission could be for you.
We are running two programmes in the spring of 2017 as below. To talk through in more detail what participating this programme might involve, please contact me: email@example.com 01962-710973 07884-268968.
BCM for Pastoral Missioners led by Phil Dykes, School of Mission
This is for those with a pastoral heart. The training will cover a foundational understanding of the missional context we are in, the core skills required for pastoral work in your church/community, as well as input from passionate personal practitioners on specialist areas, in this case growing older, coping with dementia and talking to people about their faith. You will learn from others who are pastoral in different contexts and also through engaging with a portfolio during the training.
3 Foundational Sessions
Saturday 22 April 2017
10 am – 4pm (to include sandwich lunch)
St. Lukes, Sway
6 Evening Sessions
Tuesdays 2, 9, 16 May
6, 20 and 27 June
7.15 – 9.15 pm
St. Lukes, Sway
2 Closing Sessions
Saturday 1 July
9.30 am – 12 pm
St. Lukes, Sway
BCM for Lay Worship Leaders: led by Andy Saunders, School of Mission
This is for those who have a desire to lead God’s people into God’s presence. The training will cover a foundational understanding of the missional context we are in, the core skills required to lead worship in your church/community, as well as input from passionate personal practitioners on specialist areas, in this case leading intergenerational worship and leading worship not in a church building. You will learn from others who are leading worship in different contexts and also through engaging with a portfolio during the training.
Do you like to read? How about reading a book over a 3 month period either for your own benefit or to then also discuss with some others? The Learning Zone now has a book Group which will begin in May. The idea is to read a Christian book which provokes us and then meet in a comfortable environment (with some typical AVP hospitality) and chew over our thoughts.
The May-July book:
Seeking God “The way of St Benedict” bu Esther De Waal. This short book investigates the Rule of St Benedict. We are being encouraged by our own Benedictine diocese of Winchester to adopt our own Rule of Life for the 21st Century, so why not see what Benedict thought 1500 years ago, interpreted and explained by De Waal.
To register your interest either email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01425 656120 and if you are quick you can secure one of 15 (used) free copies!
Details of the meeting date and venue will be announced in due course.
Mark Ward (Ministry Team Learning Zone co-ordinator)