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Countdown to Ventures

Across the UK, Venture and Falcon Camp leaders are busy planning, praying and preparing for holidays taking place this summer (with a few at Easter and during the May half term too!).

We caught up with 24-year-old Tim Willers, a new overall leader for Blaithwaite 1, who attended the Blaithwaite leaders training day at the CPAS office in February. Read Tim's story ...

Do you know someone aged 8-18, who would enjoy a holiday full of fun, friendship and faith? Point them to the Ventures website, where they can browse holidays by location, age and date.


Funds needed for Falcon Camps

For a young person affected by financial hardship, social problems or difficult family circumstances, going on a Falcon Camp means a lot more than simply a week's holiday.

Kelly*, a teenager on the Wellingborough Falcon Camp, learnt about the importance of appreciating the people we love; Callum* had 'the best time ever' on the North-east Falcon Camp for 8-11s, and Catherine, a parent of a child on the Pinewood Falcon Camp, was hugely encouraged by the love and support shown towards her foster son.

Read postcards from Catherine, Callum, Kelly and friends.

Falcon Camps will only continue in 2013 and beyond thanks to your generosity. Find out more about how you can help.

(*Names have been changed to protect identities.)


Bristol curates equipped for mission

Last month CPAS ran a leadership training weekend for curates as the latest initiative in our partnership with Bristol diocese.

CPAS leadership specialist Charles Burgess reports back:

‘The latest weekend included topics such as building trust and culture change. We recognise that steering churches through change is a key skill for ordained leaders. This included how to lead churches in a fast-changing society, as well as how to help change the culture within a church.'

Read more ...


Taking a leap

The latest book in the Grove Leadership Series has been published to help ease the transition for clergy who are moving into a position of overall parish responsibility for the first time.

The Quantum Leap – from Assistant to Senior Minister is written based on the experiences of Adrian Beavis, who made this step three years ago when becoming vicar of St Luke’s, Redcliffe Gardens, in London. It is packed with useful insights on challenges such as loneliness, bearing new responsibilities and stewarding yourself.

Booklets in the Grove Leadership Series are short and thoughtful explorations of Christian leadership. All 10 books in the series are available for £3.95 each (free postage) from the CPAS online shop.


The Buck Stops Here

Also for first-time incumbents, CPAS is running two The Buck Stops Here conferences in 2013. These two-day events are for those who are about to take (or have recently taken) this significant leadership step.

Topics covered during these 48-hour conferences include vision and goal setting, managing change and time, developing evangelism, vicarage life and pastoral care.

Further information and booking details about events in May (Cheltenham) and October (Sheffield) are available online.


Teamwork training

How best can clergy and readers work together? How can a team organise itself well to make the most of their ministry situation?

These were some of the questions that teams from Lichfield diocese came together to explore at the 'Working with teams' day last month, led by CPAS director of ministry Graham Archer.

Graham reflected 'I was really struck by the enthusiasm with which the participants approached the task. There is no doubt that in the changing landscape of parish organisations, leadership teams really need the time to step aside to consider their purpose and vision, listen to one another and hear from God.'

CPAS is working with around 20 dioceses to deliver ministerial training.


Events coming up ...

Mentoring Matters, Christchurch 23 March
Growing Leaders, Norwich 23 April
Change Makers Ireland, Lisburn 16 May
Leading Edge - Moving On, Sale 16 May

Click on the event title or call 0300 123 0780 for more details and booking information.


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