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Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry 2015

Training to support growth

AR 2015 DVM picThe Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry (DVM) Team helps Christians to serve God’s mission in the world and the development of the ministry of those in authorised and licensed ministries - ordained and lay.

All our work is supplemented by the generous and valuable contributions made by honorary associates. Without them, we would not be able to cover as much ground as we do. The following are representative highlights but show only a fraction of what we do.

The clergy triennial conference Taking Care took place in June – an ideal time for Bishop Andrew to be with all his clergy, six months into his new ministry.  It was a fruitful time and we were richly served by Dr Paula Gooder and Revd Dr Sam Wells as well as several other workshop and group leaders.

At a moving service, 39 pastoral assistants were authorised for ministry amidst celebrations of 40 years of PA training in the diocese. This reminded us of this often unsung, grass roots pastoral ministry, which goes on faithfully in every parish and community. 

A dozen new priests and eight new deacons were ordained in Guildford Cathedral, another 30 people became occasional preachers and about 60 students shared in the delights of learning through the Local Ministry Programme  (independent students always welcome!).  60 curates engaged in the IME programme and 16 newish incumbents were stretched on the Diocesan Leadership Programme where they worked together on  issues they face in the complex task of leading a parish.

Raising the Bar became the informal strapline for our adult discipleship and spirituality work as we sought  to deepen our thinking and praying and engage with world issues. About 75 people were encouraged by Jane Williams who led the Day on Prayer with her customary inspiring honesty.

Nationally and regionally, we are all engaged in various aspects of Reform and Renewal and the South Central Regional Training Partnership, so we are sharing at every level – both giving and receiving wisdom.  We continue to be a happy, collegial and ‘can-do’ team.

Hazel Whitehead

Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry