Gareth Fitzpatrick (Need-oriented Outreach)
The term ‘Need Oriented Outreach’ sounds pretty technical, even daunting! But the good news is it is something that we can all do! To do need oriented outreach successfully we need to ask questions that give us a better insight into the needs of the people that we are trying to engage with. By asking these questions we gain a greater understanding of the people we are trying to engage with and we can meet their needs effectively. When we do this the church reflects the light of Jesus as we minister to our communities.
Lisa Holt (Passionate Spirituality and Inspiring Worship)
Following Jesus is about more than simply going to church on a Sunday. The areas of Passionate Spirituality and Inspiring Worship are, to me, fundamental in helping people grow in faith and encounter God in a real and powerful way. I am really excited to be part of the Diocese’s growing investment in everyday discipleship and faith development and look forward to seeing what God will do as levels of faith and expectancy grow across Coventry and Warwickshire and as people look to go deeper in their relationships with him.
Matt Jermyn (Effective Structures)
As Christians we’re called to love God with everything we have and love our neighbours as ourselves. We also need to comply with legislation about data protection, PCCs, APCMs, faculties…etc! What excites me about the effective structures role is finding ways to lighten the admin burden, so that people are free to do what they’re passionate about.
Anna Naish (Holistic Small Groups and Loving Relationships)
I have been blessed to find real belonging and support in times of difficulty and in joy in a variety of different churches. Personally, my faith has grown most in a small group where I felt valued and loved where everyone was able to share honestly about their lives and relationship with God. This has created a passion to develop church and small group relationships with depth and purpose to love one another and share their lives together.
Jen Thornton (Empowering Leadership and Gift-based Ministry)
Having spent a number of years managing teams of volunteers, I have been privileged to see many of my team develop and grow in confidence and skills, taking on new challenges and conquering fears. I am passionate about seeing potential in people and empowering them to step out in new ways. I want to invest in our workers and equip and encourage them to live out their faith on a daily basis according to their different gifts.
Katie Wilson (Resourcing the Vision)
I’ve always been heavily involved in volunteering in my local community and church. When a local charity I was chairing needed funds, I went on some training for grant writing and discovered I had a natural talent and enjoyment for grant applications. When we were later awarded £10,000 I felt like I had personally gained the money! I now enjoy helping churches understand the importance of regular teaching about money and encouraging a congregation of generous people, generous with their time, talents and money.