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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Ministry Team Residential

The Ministry Team of the Diocese comprises the Director of Ordinands, the Director of Training, the Senior Tutor for Reader Ministry, the Administrator, Deacon Frances and the two bishops. We are ably assisted by a wider group of Assistant Directors of Ordinands/Reader Selectors and Vocations Advisors scattered across the diocese.

Through the work of this team vocations to lay and ordained ministry, counting approximately 60 persons at any given time, in many stages of discernment, education and formation, are supported and supervised.

The core team itself held a 24 hour residential meeting in the shadow of Chichester Cathedral to review the ongoing work and to reflect on wider matters pertaining to vocations and training, using some case studies from our own diocese as well as input from another Anglican Province. Some time was also spent in studying the Pilgrim Course, a Church of England discipleship and lay catechesis programme, which we will shortly be recommending to the congregations.

Following the residential some of us made a visit to a dear friend and former member of the team, none other than Bishop Geoffrey, who now lives just outside Chichester. His lovely house is, as one would expect, filled with books as well as art and artefacts from his many global travels. But prominent is the icon which was written especially for him, as his retirement gift from the people of the Diocese.

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