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TCTL: In Context Training Day

Saturday 10 June 2017

with the Revd Canon Dave Male, National Pioneer Advisor for the Church of England

​About 80 people from around the Diocese of Guildford gathered on Saturday the 10th of June for an inspirational training day on starting New Worshipping Communities, exploring what it means to be a Church near everyone – geographically and culturally.

The Rt. Revd Bishop Andrew Watson started the day off by calling for a culture shift in our missional approach: The old model of the priest shuffling out of his vicarage at 8.45 am, unlocking the church door, tolling the church bell, and watching as hordes of villagers descended on the church for Matins is clearly a thing of the past, even if it ever existed at all. And with that passing has become an urgent call for Christians to engage in a very important and ancient part of our church tradition, and one that can be traced back as far as the so-called Great Commission at the end of Matthew’s Gospel. For there Jesus didn’t say, ‘Come into all the churches and make disciples of all nations’. He rather said, ‘Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations!’  Bishop Andrew continued to spell out what such a shift can look like as he laced his talk with his own Church planting experiences.

Dave Male’s talks on ‘how to pioneer even if you haven’t got a clue’ were equally based on experience and lessons learnt over decades of pioneering within the UK. Helping us to see in a new way, ​Dave invited us to discover what it means to ‘not leave the tradition but to drive to its heart’ as Gerald Arbuckle put it. He continued to unpack the nuts and bolts of pioneering which can be also found in his latest book ‘How to Pioneer’.

  • You can listen to Dave Male's two talks by clicking on the links below. They open on Soundcloud outside of the diocesan website. Dave's accompanying Powerpoint slides are also available to open and view below.