The Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield writes on his retirement as our Diocesan Director of Training for Missional Ministry
In the end, it’s all about people (well, and God!).
I’ve had the privilege of serving across the diocese of York as the Director of Training for more than a dozen years and what I take away as I retire are memories of so many people. And first, it is those people whose faith in God has begun, deepened, grown, been transformed. Those people who have discovered that God has called them into new life and new ministries, and given them confidence to live this out. These words of St Paul have encouraged me as I look back:
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
There are my wonderful colleagues, past and present, in the Diocesan Training Team. They give so much of themselves to serve and support others. To mention them all here would make this very long, but I want to thank Terry Joyce - who is also retiring - for his wonderful work in the Archdeaconry of York and in developing continuing ministerial training opportunities for clergy and lay people in the whole diocese. Besides those folk officially in the team, so many more of you have contributed to this work and every Zoom call seems to remind me of this!
It has been very special to be a member of the wider diocesan team. We have such dedicated and capable people in each department who work hard serving the parishes, and also make for a great working environment in the office. I have enjoyed working closely with the team at Wydale Hall, and more recently with the Safeguarding team. I remember with thanks the diocesan leadership team in its various configurations: we have been blessed with wise and godly bishops, archdeacons, Deans, and the one Diocesan Secretary throughout this time! I have been fortunate to learn from them all.