5 years ago, the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne began training and mobilising Parish Support Teams composed of lay and clergy who are able to work with parishes in conflict. It was great to be back working with the teams for a training update day in the Diocesan offices right at St Paul’s Cathedral.
We reflected on the early part of Ephesians 4 and worked through advanced conflict mapping skills and revised the categories of conflict. Debriefing current assignments the team is engaged in is always an important part of the day. Luke and I introduced the facilitation of structured listening groups.
Tim and I were with the EPIC (Equipping Priests in Charge) training program for the Diocese of Melbourne at St. Hillary’s Kew on Tuesday.
This was a day focused on Healthy Ministry. We explored the unique dynamics of Christian ministry and its occupational hazards and then spent time reflecting on areas of vulnerability and their implications for self-care.
The brainstorms we conducted today and the presentations we worked through are all listed below.
The files themselves are available to participants through the EPIC program Dropbox.
Back to St James Old Cathedral in West Melbourne. This time with the facilitators of Ministry Renewal Retreats Victoria.
We began the day with a reflection on the Road to Emmaus led by one of the participants. A main session for the morning considered spiritual formation practices for pastors and leaders. We then explored the echoes of spiritual direction, mentoring, coaching, counselling / therapy, and supervision in retreat processes. We assessed ourselves against the Renewal Retreat Facilitation Competencies and reflected on co-facilitation as we concluded the day.
The new resources have been uploaded to our shared Dropbox.
Today Tim and I were back in Sydney for a training day with the Diocesan Parish Recovery Teams.
We reflected on Jesus’ encounter with the temple system in Mark 12 to anchor the day. First up we considered key strategies and resources to support parishes navigating recovery. We included practical skilling around facilitating listening groups for churches in times of conflict and concluded with a presentation on aspects of Safe Ministry.
Tim and I were pleased to connect with the Church Health Facilitation Team via Zoom from Melbourne this morning. We returned to the standard facilitation process before reflecting on different types of consultancies (problem solving, re-visioning, and redevelopment) and their respective dynamics. We also covered a range of diagnostic tools including comment groups, street retreats and church timelines.
The notes and resources can be found in the SharePoint folder.