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Making Mission Possible

CPAS enables churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus

Multi-parish leadership

Each year, more and more churches become part of multi-parish benefices. As an Anglican mission agency, we are committed to investing in leaders of multiple churches, as we believe this could have a significant and long-lasting impact on growth in Anglican churches.

CPAS' is working to develop leaders of these parishes in a number of different ways, recognising that the skills needed to lead multiple healthy, growing churches can differ greatly from those needed in a single-church setting.


Leading or surviving in a multi-parish situation, a short article by CPAS leadership specialist Pam Macnaughton, gives helpful advice and reflections on leading in a multi-parish context. This article was originally featured in Lead On, our free monthly leadership email. Download the article and sign up for Lead On.

If you are leading multiple churches in a rural setting, you may also find Graham Dow's Grove book, Leading Rural Churches for Growth, helpful. This is part of the Grove Leadership Series, which is a partnership between CPAS and Grove Books. Buy online.

Thrive communities

Working with Lead Academy and the Arthur Rank Centre, we are facilitating Thrive communities in a number of Church of England dioceses for groups of lay and ordained leaders working in multi-parish benefices. They come together five times over two years and are an opportunity for groups of leaders to step back, reflect, learn, share ideas and then take action. Download further details.

'Really well delivered with care and thoughtfulness.'

'At the next gathering, I hope to learn as much as I did in this first meeting.'

'The learning community was so much more than I had envisaged.Allchurches Trust logo

The Thrive programme has greatly benefited from significant support from the Allchurches Trust, for which we are very grateful.

We also run occasional one-off training events for leaders in multi-parish benefices. Details of any upcoming events are listed below. If you would like to enquire about setting up a training event in your area, please contact leadership specialist Pam Macnaughton on

There are currently no upcoming events. New dates and venues will appear here when confirmed.

CPAS Stories

The Rev Mark Brosnan has been taking part in the first CPAS Thrive learning community for leadership teams of multi-parish benefic…


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