Can you help us equip more leaders in local churches?
Henry Curran, a vicar in Nottingham, completed the Arrow Leadership Programme last year. He began it ‘fast approaching burnout’ but ended refreshed and equipped, describing it as ‘the most significant thing since I became a Christian’.
He added: ‘Arrow has been a truly ministry-saving experience. The combination of a remarkably loving community, some excellent Bible teaching and great wisdom from some very experienced leaders enabled me to find a fresh intimacy with God and learn skills and habits that have transformed my ministry, which leaves me looking forward to many decades of it.’
Read more of Henry’s story.
The Ventures and Falcon Camps Easter programme is kicking off this week with the Ski Switzerland and Broads Cruise Ventures. Easter Haslemere and Easter Falcon are also taking place over the next few weeks, giving a total of around 170 children and young people the chance to enjoy a fun-packed, faith-filled Christian holiday.
Please join us in praying for each holiday:
Broads Cruise, 5-12 April (13-16s) For hearts open to faith in Christ.
Ski Switzerland, 11-20 April (13-19s) Fun and safety on the slopes.
Easter Haslemere, 12-17 April (13-19s) Leaders helping in the exam revision slots.
Easter Falcon, 21-25 April (8-11s) Long-term impact on families and communities.
Last month saw the second of three major leadership training events in Bangor diocese, attended by the Bishop of Bangor, senior diocesan staff, the majority of clergy and a number of lay leaders.
CPAS leadership specialist Charles Burgess led the event. Charles said: 'We were delighted to have such an overwhelmingly positive response to the training day on discerning direction. Those who attended commented particularly on the relevance of the training for the Church in Wales at this time.'
We have the unusual challenge this year of Ventures with plenty of members, but not enough leaders to be able to run them.
Could you give up a few days during the period of 26 July to 10 August to be part of a team running a life-changing holiday for children or young people? We want to hear from you if you can peel a potato, lead a game or just don’t mind mucking in for a few days.
For more information on where we need help and what’s involved please email us or contact the office on 0300 123 0780 (option 2).
What makes churches grow?
Graham Archer, CPAS director of ministry, reflects on the recent findings of the Church Growth Research Programme in this month's Lead On.
'The findings of the Church Growth Research Programme, 'From anecdote to evidence', have now appeared, shedding light for the Church of England on what often appears to be the gloomy statistics of church decline. Its aim is to understand what helps churches to grow and what has the opposite effect.
'The report isn’t all about leadership, but a leader who wants to see his or her church or churches grow would find in it a rich variety of helpful insights. In this article, I have pulled out six. Read more ...
We asked local church leaders at last month's New Wine National Leadership Conference to share their best five-word leadership tip in the form of a 'leadership selfie'. The responses we had were inspiring, encouraging, thought-provoking and challenging. Some of the highlights were:
The talks from the conference are available to listen to for free through the New Wine website.
News and prayer updates
The new edition of our Catalyst magazine is out this week, featuring stories about the impact of Venture holidays, a CPAS training centre in Nottingham and the learning communities being piloted for leaders in multi-parish benefices. Take a sneak preview and sign up online at www.cpas.org.uk/catalyst.
The latest quarterly Prayer Diary is also online at www.cpas.org.uk/pray, with daily prayer points about all aspects of our work enabling local church growth.