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Welcome to the September edition of the CPAS e-bulletin. This month includes a look at a parish in Devon working through integration with a neighbouring church; further news about the CPAS initiative Making Mission Possible, and information on how you can catch up on seminars from this summer's New Wine conference.

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Urgent message

‘With falling numbers of people in our churches, many people consider growth to be an impossible mission...

‘However, with effective, mission-focused lay and ordained leadership in local churches across the country, we can see more men, women and children discover the good news of Jesus.’ – John Dunnett, CPAS general director.

A new CPAS initiative beginning this autumn, Making Mission Possible, is taking leadership development to the entire country.

Explore the themes for these nationwide events on the website – You can search for events taking place in your area, sign up for email bulletins with the latest information, and enter the prize draw to win an iPad.

‘Go and make disciples...’


Summer seminars

Didn’t make it to New Wine? Missed out on John Dunnett speaking on ’10 steps to a better team’? Keen to hear Ruth Hassall on ‘Growing young leaders’? Have no fear – they are available online.



A shared mission

Barry Dugmore is the priest-in-charge at St George's, Tiverton in Devon, a CPAS patronage church in the process of being joined with the nearby St Paul’s church. These two churches will be working more closely together, sharing a vision for mission and growth for the future.



Reviewing leadership

‘Amid the huge number of books on leadership published in recent years, how does one evaluate all the different approaches from a Christian perspective?’

Each month, Rosie Ward, CPAS leadership development adviser, reviews a book of interest to women leaders. This month’s Book of the Month is: Reviewing Leadership: A Christian evaluation of current approaches by Robert Banks and Bernice M Ledbetter.

Rosie says: ‘The book begins by exploring reasons for the interest in leadership today. Here, as throughout the book, the authors take a step back and ask questions which are not always being asked elsewhere.’

She concludes: ‘Banks and Ledbetter allude to a large number of ideas and authors – obviously the focus of such a book, and I found it informative and thought-provoking.’

Read the full review here, and find links to Rosie’s other reviews, articles and advice.

Leadership Insights

The Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, is the latest church leader to be interviewed for the CPAS Leadership Insights podcast.

Bishop James explains how his experiences of the Army, leading growing churches and other leadership roles have prepared him for more recent positions of responsibility.

He says: ‘One of the things I have learned most as a Christian leader is the importance of persevering in prayer, in particular listening to what God may be saying and where he is leading.’

He also talks about the importance of being patient, having a good sense of humour and not taking himself too seriously.

Listen online to the full interview with Bishop James. You can also download the mp3 file and subscribe to the Leadership Insights podcast.


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