More than 70 local church leaders from across the Diocese gathered together at St Werburgh’s Church in Derby on 15th May for the Diocese's first Missional Leadership Symposium.
The symposium, organised by the Mission and Ministry team, was the first of a series of gatherings designed to bring the nation's best and most creative missional thinkers together with local church leaders.
The Diocese was pleased to extend an invitation to leaders from other denominations who's contributions enriched the day.
The conference, entitled 'Engaging with Churchless Charlie' explored the growing phenomenon of Christians choosing to practice their faith outside of traditional church structures.
The day was led by missiologist, Stephen Aisthorpe who has researched this subject extensively and published his findings in a book 'The Invisible Church'.
Mission and Ministry team leader, Matt Barnes, commented on the day saying: "Good missional leadership is vital to the health of the church, it was so encouraging to see such a large number of colleagues gather to share experience and learn from one another.
"Stephen's contributions during day were enormously stimulating and challenging with some surprisingly encouraging insights into what on the face of it may have seen a challenge to the established church".
The next symposium is been planned for the autumn and is open to all involved in local church leadership in whatever capacity. If you'd like to be kept informed about this event then do contact Marietta Forman (Marietta.Forman@derby.anglican.org) in the M&M team.