As we seek to grow as healthy and sustainable churches, our Open Conversations are a chance to come together to talk about the future of our Church, listening to and learning from each other.
Growing as Kingdom People: Open Conversations 3
Our third round of Open Conversations started in March 2022.
The purpose of these meetings is to inspire, support and resource parishes as we journey into the future. It is an opportunity to hear some good news stories from churches across the Diocese and explore what might be the next steps for your own church.
As we continue to journey through the pandemic, we're aware that not all churches were ready to join these conversations in March, so there will be other opportunities to engage on the following dates:
- Thursday 30 June, 7 - 9pm: Venue tbc
- Tuesday 20 September from 2-4 pm, venue to be confirmed
- Monday 26 September from 7-9 pm on Zoom
Details of how to book will be available on this page shortly.
Feedback from the third round of Open Conversations has included:
- "Really good to hear ‘not one size fits all’"
- "Lots of stories, lots of ideas, lots of generosity and lots of love"
"Hearing stories from across the diocese has inspired hope"
"The support being offered to help us move forward - especially the Mission Accompaniers"
"Seeing how our church can develop"
"Ideas for doing things differently"
Deputy Diocesan Secretary, Rob Quarton talks about Open Conversations 3:
Information from previous Open Conversations
Thank you to everyone who joined our second set of Open Conversations in September 2020 looking at how we can effectively resource a healthy and sustainable Church into the future.
The conversations were a chance to hear more about the strategy for mission and ministry across the Diocese and think about how it might impact on your own church. Only by working together can we ensure that we can grow as Kingdom People and as a healthy and sustainable church - worshipping God creatively, making disciples, sharing hope and transforming communities.
Don't worry if you weren't able to make one of the meeitngs - all the resources from the meetings can be found below and we will shortly be adding in all the videos that were used as well as shorter form of the meeting which you can watch and share with others.
- Watch the videos and case studies from the Open Conversations
- Download the one page guide to the Zoom conversations.
- Download the booklet to accompany the second set of Open Conversations
- Download the Open Conversations booklet so it can be printed as a booklet
- A guide for further reflection
- Next steps: Options, resources and support
Feedback from the open conversations Dec 19 - Feb 20
Nine different sessions were held in different venues throughout the Diocese in December 2019 to February 2020. Thank you to everyone who came to the open conversations and filled out the feedback sheet.
Read a summary of the feedback. If you'd like a hard copy, please do feel free to contact the diocesan office.
Download the booklet given out at the open conversations.