Society Trust, the patronage arm of Church Society, holds conferences
to equip those involved in appointments to parishes.
Audio CDs of the talks from the March
March 2006 Conference
a Biblical Ministry in the Parish
lay leaders with particular reference to vacancies and appointments.
meeting will be of interest to clergy and lay leaders whether
you face a vacancy in the near future, or not for many years.
We would like to help you think not only about the present leadership
and ministry within your parish but how you can best work now
to ensure continuity of evangelical ministry for the future.
issues we will be addressing are not just for parishes where there
is likely to be a vacancy soon but for all who want to think responsibly
about the long term. We wish to encourage lay leaders to understand
the priorities of gospel ministry and in the light of these to
be prepared for the day, near or far, when a new appointment might
need to be made.
want to help clergy in understanding and explaining to others
about the peculiarities of the appointments system in the Church
of England and how best, with a long-term view, to work for continuity
of clear evangelical ministry.
experience over many years as Directors of Church Society Trust
is that many of our parishes seem unprepared for what awaits them
in an interregnum. They do not fully understand the legal situation
regarding appointments and they can often be intimidated by the
diocesan hierarchy, and do not appreciate their own rights and
this meeting does not mean that either you (if you are a clergyman)
or your vicar (if you are a lay leader) are about to leave, but
that you wish to be prepared for the day when, by your design
or the Lord's, you are faced with the need to secure continuing
gospel ministry in your parish.
meeting will also be of particular interest for clergy and lay
people who are themselves patrons, those serving on Deanery or
Diocesan Pastoral Committees, Diocesan Synod and so on.
Principles for Ministry.
(Canon David Wheaton,
formerly Principal of Oak Hill College)
Parish Reps. Perspective.
(Mr Cedric Parrish,
Churchwarden, Parish of Danehill)
Appointment Procedures and the Need to Maintain a
Walters, Chairman of Church Society Trust)
with panel of Trust Directors