Following the success of our pilot, we’re holding a Leading Your Church Into Growth conference from 19 - 22 September 2016, as part of our Diocesan vision to make and nurture disciples.
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:
The best conference I have ever attended. They should teach this at theological college!
I was looking for something to renew my vision, and found the whole team gave out such a lot of positive energy and encouragement. It set realistic goals rather than gave you tickets for a guilt trip. It takes a lot to drag me out of my parish, so I was pleased to see time used so well
We worked hard, we prayed hard and laughed harder still.
It developed my confidence and helped me to 'think out of the box'.
I was challenged to grow my own passion for people above my passion for church tasks. Something deep within me has changed, and I am moving towards a greater and more genuine desire to see people connect with Jesus and the Gospel.
I would recommend it to others. I am grateful for going on it. It continues to inspire and encourage me.
Encouraged me personally not to be so downhearted about the decline in church attendance. Made me feel it is possible to turn things round. Challenged me to accept that this requires commitment from me.
The encouragement that we can do something in our own way in our own place. Not only do we have earthly resources that can be shared together, we also have heavenly help. We can call upon all of it!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.