ACM 2013: Discipleship & Pastoral Care
"Thanks to all of you for playing your part in the St George’s family, and in furthering our mission to Share Life and Love Leeds. Thank you for giving your time, gifts, energy, commitment, prayers and financial support. It is a big team effort." Jonathan Clark
Here is an overview of our ministries and activities in the last 12 months. Together as a Church we can celebrate what God is doing!
Academy of Life looks closely at the ways in which we share, and grow in, the life God has for us in Jesus Christ.
Since last year’s trialling of Academy of Life material with Connections Network and the staff team, we are running our first full Saturday Course with 60-70 people. Responses have been very positive. This year’s interns have also worked through the material and have been involved in teaching Academy of Life to our students, again with very encouraging results.
Our plan is to prepare the Academy of Life material for wider distribution, in St George’s and possibly beyond. More importantly we can all seek to grow, individually and together, in the True, Full, Shared, Deep, Pure, Serving and Bold Life that God has for us!
Alongside Academy of Life on Saturday mornings, the School of Theology sessions have fed and challenged Christians from St George’s and beyond.
This year we have 16 interns, four of whom are on placement in other churches around Leeds. We have developed greater flexibility in the scheme: our first older ‘Interns Plus’ and some part-time graduate interns. Our midweek training is also accessible to other interns in the region. There has been wide appreciation for the gift St George’s interns have been to the diocese, including the current placements at Wrangthorn, Christ Church Armley, Holy Trinity Meanwood and Riverside.
Running a scheme of this size has been a stretch. We will continue to reflect on how to balance the benefits of wide deployment with the need to manage the scheme well.
In an unprecedented development in the Yorkshire dioceses, St George’s is about to launch a brand new ordination track and theological training centre with St Thomas Crookes, St Michael le Belfrey and the Yorkshire Ministry Course. Mark Powley has been working as Launch Director since January 2012 and now works two days a week for SBTC.
Teaching will begin in September in Sheffield. Ordinands will train through St Barnabas while being on long term placement throughout Yorkshire, including here in Leeds. The new St Barnabas Centre will train vicars, facilitate church planting and enable good theological teaching to reach church members in new ways.
Day by day and week by week our small groups and networks are caring for one another and demonstrating what it means to share life and to be family. Alongside this there are an amazing number of people who provide additional resources of pastoral care. We have been delighted to welcome John Walker to the team who brings wisdom, experience and availability for visiting and one to one pastoral care. We continue to give thanks for the commitment of the visiting team, the PrayerNet team who pray regularly for specific needs, for Alan Spicer, for the prayer ministry team and for many others who offer time and prayer for individuals. In all of this we 'seek to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.'
Click here to see Our Vision video on Discipleship.
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