Thank you to all of you who went to Gathered for Growth at Archbishops School on October 20th.

On the links below you will find seminar power points and handouts which include further resources.

Viv Thomas’ keynote address


  1. Growing disciples: Spotting and developing people for leadership and ministry – Neville Emslie and Tessa CottisNeville is Ministry Development Officer for the diocese of Canterbury overseeing clergy CMD and the Ministerial Development Review. At heart he is a theological educator with strengths in ministry formation, theological reflection and preaching.Tessa is a senior leader in HMRC’s Learning, Leadership & Management team. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with 20 years’ experience as a management & leadership consultant and 35 years’ experience doing it for real.
  2. Growing teams that lead: Enabling teams to realise their potential – Rob Mackintosh, Shiela Porter and Chris SpencerRob is Director of Licensed Ministries, and directly involved in the diocesan project to re-imagine what ministry might emerge in the light of the changing demands on ministry. Before joining the diocese in 2006, he was Rector of Girton Parish in Cambridge for twelve years, and Director of the Leadership Institute for five years.Shiela Porter- Team Vicar at St. George’s, Deal. Our church has been led to see a new treasure chest of gifts released and new leaders raised up as people have stepped out in faith. I am passionate about mobilising the whole people of God and releasing them into their gifts and particular calling.Chris Spencer – Vicar at St. George’s, Deal. When the church needs to move forward and change we need the team taking the lead whose gift it is to bring about change, with the rest of us in support. When it is time to consolidate change then we need different gifts with the change-makers in support. I have been very privileged to be part of such a team and seen it working with each person growing in maturity through working together towards a vision.
  3. Growing leaders through mission action planning teams – Kerry Thorpe, Jerry Fox and Steve MorganKerry is the Diocesan Mission & Growth Advisor doing what he loves best.Stephen Morgan is a self-employed motor mechanic and Jerry Fox manages building projects for a local Council. Over the last year they have worked within a Mission Enabling sub-group of St Marys Willesborough PCC
  4. Growing within the local community: making networks work – Stephen Taylor and Caroline PinchbeckStephen is the Archdeacon of Maidstone and has had considerable experience in his time in Sunderland and other communities developing partnerships with external organisations and the Church to address the needs of the community.Caroline is Director of the Communities and Partnership Framework, and has worked in Kent and other counties in forging partnerships between local churches, their communities and organisations who can work to provide sustainable resources and services which address the community’s need across the generational spectrum.
  5. Growing people not meetings: creating a culture of participation – Steve Coneys and Sheila CoxSteve is Team Rector of Whitstable and Team Vicar of Seasalter, where he has spent 18 years testing his conviction that Christian community is the most powerful expression of the gospel.Sheila is Rector of the G7 Benefice where she is beginning to explore new models for collaborative ministry as lay and ordained people discover together what it is to be disciples of Christ and co-workers with God in the 21st Century Church.
  6. Growing new teams for leadership: adapting models or from scratch – Peter Ingrams and Murray WilkinsonPeter is the Local Ministry and Growth Advisor. One of the most challenging aspects of his ministry is how to imaginatively form teams that are purposeful, flexible, and model discipleship-in-community.Murray is the Children & Young People’s Ministry Adviser whose science training constantly informs his analytical approach to finding a way forward in ministry; he has a proven track record in designing sustainable team structures in churches on two continents.
  7. Growing healthy teams: conflict resolution in churches – Viv Thomas and Susan HollinsViv is the founder of Formation and also the Hon Teaching Pastor at St Paul’s Hammersmith; an ordained Anglican; an Associate Lecturer at Spurgeon’s College London; a mentor; spiritual director; organisational consultant and writer. He is passionate about ‘the spectacular ordinary life’ and seeing people flourish into all that they possibly can be.Susan is the Area Dean of North Downs and priest in charge of Boxley and Detling. She has served in a wide variety of parishes: urban, suburban and now rural/suburban during this time, as well as spending a few months short of a decade as a Healthcare Chaplain in the NHS, at local, regional and national level. She is trained in Psychodynamic Counselling and more recently as a Life Coach.
  8. Growing ministry for everyday life – Ronni Lamont and Phil GreigRonni has served as a parish priest for 16 years before ‘Leaping the Vicarage wall’ to develop her ministry as a writer and trainer, with a focus on spirituality.Phil has 14 years of experience in the parish and diocese in youth work and is now Curate in Chartham. He has also written a confirmation resource called Moving Images Changing Lives published by the Church of England in 2011.