Missional Training/Courses

The Mission and Community Engagement Team offer a variety of training courses to assist parishes and individuals in church growth, mission and outreach.

Leading Your Church into Growth - LYCiG

In the Diocese of Rochester we normally run this residential course twice a year, in the spring and autumn, for lay and ordained church leaders.  The course is free for the incumbent and one lay leader, additional places cost £250 per person.

The content of the course is largely the same as the national LYCIG course. It identifies the factors that help or hinder growth and helps church leaders to identify what changes might be needed in their own practices. Change is a word that is feared in the Church of England so it is particularly helpful if a small team from a parish attends the course to assist the incumbent in his/her efforts to embed the principles and practices which lead to growth. In addition, parishes that participate receive further support and training with visits by a LYCIG team member who can present some of the concepts to the PCC and other interested parishioners.

The 10 workshops cover the following subjects:

  • Becoming a positive leader;
  • Leading a positive team;
  • Understanding our context and mission field;
  • Becoming a mission church;
  • Sharing practical mission event ideas;
  • Preparing and stimulating lay people for evangelism;
  • Establishing growth structures, strategies and principles;
  • Encouraging missionary worship;
  • Developing a culture of invitation and welcome and
  • Creating a church community.

For more information contact Carol Evans, Administrator, by phone 01634 560000 or by email carol.evans@rochester.anglican.org.

mission shaped ministry 

The mission shaped ministry training course is a one-year ecumenical learning journey in a

supportive community to help participants understand what is involved in growing and leading a new church. It starts in September each year with a Saturday when we cover 3 modules. It then includes 8 evenings, a weekend residential and another Saturday.  The cost is £250 per person, which covers all materials, refreshments and the weekend away.

For further details contact Carol Evans, Administrator, by phone 01634 560000 or email carol.evans@rochester.anglican.org

mission shaped intro

A short course over five or six evenings to give participants a flavour of Fresh Expressions and to become familiar with the content of the mission shaped church report. For further details please contact Carol Evans, by phone 01634 560000 or email carol.evans@rochester.anglican.org

Everybody Welcome 
This is a DVD based course for parishes that would like to improve their welcome. In particular it looks at the importance of helping people to integrate into church membership and how this can be encouraged. It was written by the Ven Bob Jackson, former Archdeacon of Walsall, and the Rev George Fisher, Director of Mission in the Lichfield Diocese. For further details please contact the Carol Evans, by phone 01634 560000 or email carol.evans@rochester.anglican.org

Talking the Good News
Four evenings exploring how to communicate the good news of Jesus in contemporary language to the people we meet through our church activities and everyday contacts. For further details please contact the Carol Evans, by phone 01634 560000 or email carol.evans@rochester.anglican.org

Responsible Credit Training

CreditWise was established in 2014 to help and support churches and communities to enable access to responsible credit for everyone living and working in our diocese. CreditWise is led by Caroline Clarke, and her team.

The CreditWise team will help, support and provide training to enable churches and their ecumenical partners to achieve this, and/or to open outposts of their local Credit Union.  

We have engaged with Credit Unions, advisors, schools and churches and have been involved in projects to help local communities. If you are thinking about such a project, do contact us for a discussion.  Caroline Clarke, Diocesan Community Engagement Advisor, by phone 07703 103366 or email caroline.clarke@rochester.anglican.org


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