Work of the Ministry Division
THE WORK OF MINISTRY DIVISION
The ongoing work of the Division, outlined above, is more fully described as:
- Developing new expressions of ministry
o discerning with imagination and anticipation the ministries (lay and ordained) God is calling us to develop, for the sake of his Kingdom
o engaging in innovation and experimentation to enable us together to best respond to God’s Spirit at work among us
o working closely with the practice and aspirations emerging from the “Setting God’s People Free” programme and the new Discipleship and Evangelism Department to support the continuing Christian formation and witness of the whole people of God.
- Overseeing and developing our discernment processes
o identifying and encouraging those called to ordained and lay ministries, including working to increase those called to ordained ministry by 50% by 2020 and to double the number of pioneer ministers year on year
o enabling people from a wide range of contexts and backgrounds from discerning God’s call, both by removing barriers that prevent or deter their vocational exploration and by proactively encouraging this sector of society to respond to God’s call within the Church of England.
- Overseeing and encouraging training for ministry
o fostering a more sustainable, secure, and adaptable TEI sector, serving the learning and formation of ministers and the whole people of God in changing times,
o working with the Common Awards framework and partnerships with other universities to ensure excellence in theological education and formation
o identifying ways to best provide training and formation resources for those called to lay ministries, including licensed, authorised and commissioned ministers
- Developing and sustaining a culture of ongoing care and development of clergy and lay ministry
o reviewing questions of ongoing discernment of developing ministry
o developing a greater coherence between initial and continuing forms of training, including for senior appointments, to better serve all ministers, lay and ordained and throughout their ministries
o continuing to work on questions and practices of clergy wellbeing.
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