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What I bring to the Ministry Team

As part of the Circuit Leadership Team Away Day recently, our minsters were asked to describe what they felt were their strengths, and so what they bring to the Ministry Team. We have two contributions in this edition of The Link. There will be two more next month.  

Rev Nick

“I bring a desire and commitment, not that the church might do more mission, but that we will intentionally do all we do missionally; in other words consciously thinking through the opportunities each activity gives us to serve, share, show, tell, God’s love.  I want church life to be about people being enabled to move from being guests to being hosts, knowing they share in God’s mission. I am energised by enabling team-working (at all levels), creativity in worship (including all-age), imaginative encounter with scripture, and pastoral engagement and focused prayer.   I have much ecumenical experience, but have become wary of ecumenism as habit or for its own sake.  We should do things together (or trust the other to do) so that mission is effective.”

Rev Phil

“Working in two circuits, each developing different styles of team ministry, I bring a particular insight into what it means to operate as a part of a team. I have a background in youth work and teaching so I hold as central to my ministry a commitment to learning and growing in the Christian life, both personally and as a people together. I find it important to be challenged academically, although I regard myself as a practitioner rather than an academic. I find it helpful to work with small groups, for example in bible study, and have organized several sessions on exploring church membership. Part of that development for me in this appointment has been a move away from a focus, held in previous appointments, on work with families and a regular involvement in all age worship, and looking to develop new interests and activity.

I remain interested in outdoor spaces, especially the grounds of churches and how they might be used. I like to view worship as a whole, and enjoy leading communion services. I seek to exercise a ministry, not of ‘making things happen’ but of valuing the small achievements; and of following a pattern, which one minister once described to me as ‘loitering without intent’, of watching for and acting upon opportunities as they become apparent within God’s greater mission.”

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