Projects at Rural Action Derbyshire.
Latest news from Germinate.
FCN release Farming and better mental health. An open and honest film highlighting the importance of seeking support has been launched during farming help awareness week.
The message is a positive one, and that it encourages people to seek help if they should need it.
For local support links see Mental Health and Credit Union page.
If accessing training and use of the internet is a barrier - why not seek support /training ?
Digital Inclusion projects in Derbyshire:-
Good Things Foundation: advice for helping older people and people who are digitally excluded. See 'learn my way' platform. Help can be obtained from Derbyshire Library Service.
Derbyshire Peer Recovery Group has recruited tech buddies. To make a referral email or tel: 01773 734989.
Disability Direct have digital support service for South Derbyshire and Derby City £200,000 GRANT TO DERBY CHARITY WILL HELP DISABLED PEOPLE BECOME DIGITAL SAVVY | Disability Direct
Resources for Rural Churches
Country Way is available on line where you can browse and download articles for free. Paper copies via Deanery reps (c/o Archdeacon Carol).
Germinate- Arthur Rank Centre resources to support rural churches in the current situation.
Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy Newsletter
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Open Welcome is a toolkit designed to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors. click here to download Open Welcome
“Serving, Enabling and Encouraging God’s Mission”
The Mission and Ministry Team exists to serve the Diocese of Derby as it seeks to share in God’s mission and further the Kingdom. Our primary focus is the churches of the diocese, and the individuals within them, but we will work with all who share in God’s kingdom values
As a Team we seek to serve, enable and encourage individuals and churches to become more faithful and effective in fulfilling God’s call to be a missionary people. This will lead to transformation in the diocese and our vision is to see . . .
A deepening love for God, expressed in prayer, worship and discipleship
A growing openness to change and transformation, and a willingness to embrace the implications
The formation of leaders, lay and ordained, as they respond to God’s call on their lives
A more meaningful engagement by churches with their communities
Numerical growth in worshipping communities
We shall seek to fulfil these purposes by . . .
Faith in God, who brings transformation and builds the Kingdom
Being rooted in present realities and having a vision for God’s future
Being open to new possibilities and responding with flexibility and creativity
Valuing each individual, believing that they are responsible for their own growth and development
Balancing ‘being’ and faithfulness with ‘doing’ and effectiveness
Listening well – to others, to contexts and to God
Speaking with respect and honesty
The Team Members
Director of Mission and Ministry
Andy leads the Team, offering support and oversight to its members. As a member of the Bishop’s LeadreshipTeam he is responsible for encouraging strategic thinking across the diocese and especially the connections between the Bishop’s Leadership Team, The Mission and Ministry Team, Portfolio Holders and the parishes and MMAs.
Contact Andy: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388682.
Lakshmi seeks to support churches and MMAs in the task of mission, so that they will engage with those outside the church more effectively. She aims to develop and promote a theological understanding of mission and evangelism, thus deepening motivation, and is pleased to advise and equip churches and MMAs with the latest thinking and resources.
Contact Lakshmi: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388687
Church Growth Officer
Maureen encourages churches to adopt ‘good practice’ which will lead to healthy and growing churches.
She has particular responsibility for overseeing the introduction and implementation of Mission Action Plans.
Her role also includes the promotion of good stewardship and giving.
Contact Maureen: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388691
Church Growth Officer
Lee is responsible for encouraging and working with leaders and congregations to support healthy and growing churches. He has particular responsibility for overseeing the introduction and implementation of Mission Action Plans in the North of the Diocese (Chesterfield Archdeaconry) while his colleague, Maureen, cares for the South of the Diocese. His role will develop to include the promotion of good stewardship and tourism ministry.
Contact Lee: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388668
Community Action Officer, Faith in Action
Stella supports local churches as they seek to demonstrate through service and action an authentic Christian voice and witness in Derbyshire. She encourages practical ways in which churches, and individual Christians, can reach out in mission and service and work in partnership. She represents the Church to relevant secular partners in support of local out-reach initiatives to improve community well-being. Her work requires understanding of the implications of strategic social developments, at both county and national level. She is involved in producing the regular newsletter find.
Contact Stella: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388668
Lay Ministry Officer
Esther is responsible for encouraging lay ministry throughout the diocese. She is Warden of Readers and as such supports Readers in their many and varied ministries. Esther is also be responsible for overseeing all lay training. This includes training for authorised ministries, such as Readers and Authorised lay Ministers, which are devlivered through the Regional Training Programme and also many events and courses which do not lead to formal accreditation.
Contact Esther: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388674
Leadership Development Officer
Alison is responsible for providing leadership training for all the clergy and key lay leaders. For many years, the Diocese was well served by the 'Developing Servant Leadership' Programme but we are now seeking to be informed more by the needs and context of individuals and to identify common themes amongst leaders which could be addressed in a variety of ways. The outcomes from the clergy MDRs and reflections from the Church MAPs will particularly inform Alison's work. She shares this role with being Rector of Breadsall Parish.
Contact Alison: Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388675
Continuing Ministerial Development Officer (Clergy)
Simon is responsible for supporting and encouraging the training and development of clergy. As Director of Curate Training, he holds a particular brief for curates. With a background in both parish ministry and theological education, he works alongside colleagues to help all clergy develop in ministry and mission. Simon is also Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral.
Contact Simon:Derby Church House, Full St, Derby, DE1 3DR 01332 388671
‘Fresh Expressions’ is the term used for new forms of church for our changing culture. You can find out more about what a Fresh Expression is at the national website, www.freshexpressions.org.uk
A Fresh Expression is distinguished by the following features:
a) It is missional – the people who started it want it to reach out to those who in the community who don’t normally come to church
b) It is contextual – they are trying to build something that is true to the local culture and is in the language of the local people. It deliberately avoids being too ‘churchy’
c) It is formational – there is a clear intention of seeing people grow as disciples of Jesus through their contact with the Fresh Expression
d) It is ecclesial - it is expected that the mission initiative may well become a congregation in its own right, and it is not expected that it is simply a route through which people make their way to the regular Sunday services and other church activities.
e) It is regular – it meets at least monthly
For more information and support around Fresh Expressions, contact Jason Kennedy, our Diocesan Missioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the last few years there have been two major developments in our Diocese:
1) A fast growth of local Fresh Expressions across our Diocese
In the autumn of 2012, the Church Army Research Unit based in Sheffield under the leadership of Canon Dr George Lings, surveyed our diocese. We are one of 20 dioceses that have so far been researched. His team identified 39 Fresh Expressions of Church in our diocese. Research has revealed that in these 20 dioceses, there are now something like 80,000 people attending Anglican Fresh Expressions of Church.
Each year Michael researches development in Derby Diocese and he has now found that there are at least 65 Fresh Expressions of Church in our Diocese. Over 2000 Anglicans (approximately 12%) in our Diocese are worshipping in a Fresh Expression of Church and in nearly all of them, over half these worshippers are new to church. By far the majority of our Fresh Expressions are Messy Churches [www.messychurch.org.uk], be we also have many café-style Fresh Expressions, and a number that are geared to specific groups, such as teens, young adults and the elderly.
2014 Report on Church Growth
In January 2014, a major report was published that revealed the results of research carried out the previous year. The section on Fresh Expressions identified some interesting features of Fresh Expressions (following research into 10 dioceses):
• On average, every one person who sets out to start a Fresh Expression, two and a half people join. Nothing else in the Church of England currently has this level of missional impact.
• In ‘inherited’ models of church, of every 10 people in church, 2 are under the age of 16; in Fresh Expressions of church, of every 10 people, 4 are under the age of 16
• the great majority of Fresh Expressions are small – less than 40 but it is reckoned that this enhances a sense of community and belonging
• When it comes to leadership of Fresh Expressions, 52% were found to be led by lay people, and around a half are led by volunteers (ie, not those in some form of paid ministry). Men and women are equally involved in the leadership of Fresh Expressions.
• 66% of Fresh Expressions carry on growing, or maintain growth
• 78% of Fresh Expressions of church have taken active steps to encourage discipleship.
• Four times as many per year are started now, compared with 2003
We are therefore witnessing a mushrooming of small Christian missional initiatives that are becoming congregations in their own right, yet still enjoying a close friendship with more traditional kinds of church. Many of these Fresh Expressions are vulnerable and quite a number may be short lived. But if the trend of the last 10 years continues, then we will see many more of these springing up from our churches, and we can celebrate that many new people are finding their way to faith as a result of their witness.
2) Pioneer Ministers
In addition to the Fresh Expressions, the Diocese has also deployed a number of full time Pioneer Ministers who are licensed to Bishops Mission Orders. These Pioneers are exploring new ways of building churches and developing Christian community and mission. Some examples of these projects are:
The Order of the Black Sheep, a new missional community based in Chesterfield, led by Revd Mark Broomhead (see the OBS website).
The Bridge, Matlock (see The Bridge website) led by Revd Dave Battison. This is growing a Christian community in the Morledge area of new housing in Matlock
Hope Bank, South Chesterfield - Captain Tim Rourke CA is working with group of people to grow a pioneering community for local people in the estates in the southern part of the town.
Derwent Oak, on the Derwent Ward, Derby - Revd Beth Honey is building a contextual Christian community on this large estate in Derby City.
We also support Pioneer Curates (stipendiary and non-stipendiary) and Lay Pioneers, all working in a variety of situations.
The Company of Pioneers continues to grow! Members are willing to come and speak to local churches about pioneering and fresh expressions of church.
If you would like to know more about how to start a Fresh Expressions in your parish, then please email Jason Kennedy.