Maidstone Archdeaconry Churchwardens’ Conference

Date(s) - Saturday, 7th October, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Lenham School


This autumn the Churchwarden’s conferences will open up stimulating discussions concerning mission and ministry topics that are relevant to your role as Churchwardens. The theme of the Conference will be ‘Changed Lives -> Changing Lives’ which is the theme at the heart of the new Canterbury Diocesan Strategy for renewal. The workshops will help us to address and discuss matters raised by the strategy and consider how these matters play out in our own church contexts.

There are five workshops which will each run twice. You can choose two of them to attend, one in each slot. On the booking form below please select your top three workshops and we will assign you two to attend – we will do our best to make sure you can attend your top two choices of workshops but it can’t be guaranteed. The workshop topics are as follows:

Using data to understand our mission opportunities – led by Archdeacon Stephen

This workshop will look at the ways we can use the data we already have about our parishes and communities to think contextually and strategically about the mission opportunities around us.

Mobilising ministry and leadership in the parish – led by Peter Ingrams

Lay ministry and leadership in the local church comes in many shapes and sizes. No one doubts we need to develop people for new ways of doing things, but how do we do this when we struggle to keep current tasks being done? This workshop will give opportunity for churchwardens to take a helicopter view of their churches ministry and identify some long and short term actions for the future.

‘Seeing the Child’ – led by the Children, Schools and Young People team

‘Seeing the Child’ is an exploration of the spirituality and faith of children and young people wherever they are, and the workshop will engage participants with three themes: The Community with the child (Being a place of sanctuary, and being intergenerational ‘Whole Church’). The child as Fellow Pilgrim (being equal and integral members of our worshipping life). The learning child (formation not information, and a vision for schools and education).

Igniting an interest in Community Engagement – led by the Communities and Partnerships team

Exploring examples of how to engage with and respond to community needs. This Workshop will provide details of existing church community projects, ways to explore future engagement and some pitfalls to look out for. There will be some discussion on the theological background to church social action.

Finance, Fundraising and the Future of parish structures? – led by Jeff Green, Liz Mullins and Emma Sivyer

A workshop covering: As a churchwarden, what should I know about finance? How can the diocese help us fundraise? How does pastoral reorganisation work and what can we do?

If your church has deputy wardens, potential wardens, or others on the PCC who would like to come, please do bring them with you, as they would be most welcome.

There will be refreshments (teas and coffees) provided. Please book below or by calling Sarah Lucas or Holly Adams on 01227 459401.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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