What is LYCIG?

The core element of the Leading Your Church Into Growth programme is a four day course for teaching, inspiring and equipping ordained and lay leaders. This highly popular course is specifically designed for clergy and lay leaders from across different traditions and denominations who are looking for help and encouragement in leading their churches into growth.

The course takes the form of an open seminar with interactive talks, practical exercises, workshops and time and space for personal reflection. Times of informal conversation provide opportunities for LYCIG team members to answer questions and to explore the profile of individual churches.

For more information, please see the LYCIG website - leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk

Who is LYCIG for?

Ultimately, Leading Your Church Into Growth is for everyone!

For LYCIG conferences groups from each benefice are invited to attend; a benefice team should be made up of the Incumbent and two lay people who will be part of the team putting into place what will be learned at the conference, and helping lead your church into growth.

The leadership of the incumbent is crucial, and it’s also important that the laity of a benefice are involved. These lay people may not necessarily be churchwardens or other officers, but will be people who can work with the Incumbent and have a passion for growing the church. Pressure of numbers means we are unable to offer spaces to curates or assistant ministers, but we hope they will be part of the team putting actions into place back in the parishes.

Latest Course Info:

LYCIG Conference 2018 15th - 18th February

If your benefice hasn’t take part in LYCIG yet, we are running another Conference at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, from Thursday 15th February to Sunday 18th February 2018. This is designed to be more available to people in work and fits with at least some of the half-term dates around the diocese.

Benefices are already booking for this but we have space for more to join us. If you wish to register your interest now please contact Kim Phillips via growth@yorkdiocese.org by the 30 September 2017.

Your team will need to be 3 or 4 people, and should include the incumbent, and at least two lay leaders.


Follow–up days

We are planning to hold further follow day in autumn 2017, open to all parishes and benefices which took part in either the 2015 or the 2016 LYCIG Conferences. So make a note of the dates now!

  • 30th September: York, with Archdeacon Sarah Bullock
  • 14th October: East Riding with Bishop Alison
  • 14th October: Cleveland as part of the Archdeaconry Gathering with Bishop Paul and Archdeacon Sam Rushton

To register interest for your places on Leading Your Church Into Growth follow-up days, please email growth@yorkdiocese.org, giving the name of your benefice and why you would like to come on the conference.

The Story So Far...

About half the benefices across the diocese have taken part in one of our first two Leading your Church into Growth (LYCIG) Conferences in 2015 and 2016. We are beginning to hear about churches where the talking and planning are beginning to move to action, action which is making growth more likely. Over the next few months we are hoping to include a few short reports from around the diocese so we can all learn together from LYCIG.

If you would like to drop us a line about how it’s going send your story (and a picture if possible!) to growth@yorkdiocese.org. We would love to hear how it’s going for you!

... at Northallerton & Kirby Siston

The benefits of LYCIG began for us at the conference – to be in a group of 3 from the benefice meant that real conversations could start there and then – rather than a single delegate having to think how to get others ‘on board’. So the momentum began.


On return from the conference 3 quickly became 9 and plans were made to do the ‘LYCiG Local’ course. Some 60 people attended at least one of the sessions (for us about half our usual Sunday attendance) and discussions went on in homegroups too. Experiences were positive with people commenting that they’ve never before been asked what they thought about their church and its future.


Together we recognised our need to pray more and to grow in confidence in our own stories and understanding our faith. Our aim is to get into a habit of invitation and welcome people well when they come. And we are seeking ways to simply serve the community, no strings attached.


One year on from LYCIG Local we have a plan, and a focus, and we are seeing growth – in discipleship and numbers: Pilgrim courses have become a regular part of our calendar along with a new housegroup, and as part of our fellowship and service, a weekly drop-in lunch and monthly Messy Church. LYCIG for us was a means to review what we are doing, and how we are doing as disciples of Christ; it is not rocket science, but it has proved to be a launch pad.

Fiona Mayer-Jones, Vicar of Northallerton with Kirby Sigston