Diocese of York

Leading Your Church Into Growth is a four day course for teaching, inspiring and equipping ordained and lay leaders. Now in its twentieth year, 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 opportunity for Leading Your Church Into Growth team members (2015 team pictured below) to answer questions and to explore the profile of individual churches.

We ask that interested parties let us know their interest no later than the end of June 2016. At this stage, there are no plans in place for another LYCIG conference for the Diocese of York in 2017.

People who came on the Diocese’s pilot Leading Your Church Into Growth conference gave the following feedback:

Here's a video to give you a flavour of the 2015 conference.

The Diocese is now inviting expressions of interest from benefice teams who want to come to the conference from Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd September 2016, at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.

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.

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

Below is the LYCIG 2016 leaflet to print and give to other people in your benefice.