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April – September 2013

catalyst Behold, I make all things new. Revelation 21:5, KJV

Leading a church through a vacancy Growing a multi-parish benefice The leader’s journey on Ventures

making disciples, developing leaders, growing churches

making disciples, developing leaders, growing churches Mission: CPAS enables churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ.

Our vision:

Our passion:

We long to see a Christ-centred, Bible-based, mission-focused Church where leaders are clear about their call to discipleship, growing in Christ-like character, and competent to lead in a time of rapid change;

We are a committed evangelical mission agency, and since 1836 we have been working for the evangelisation of the UK. In what seems to be an environment of ever-growing secularism across the UK and Republic of Ireland, the urgency of the gospel has never been clearer.

where leaders discern God’s direction, enable action, build teams, develop leaders, facilitate communication, and nurture people; where leaders work in teams, reflecting the diversity of ministries, and model themselves on the servant character of Jesus; where leaders help transform inherited churches, pioneer emerging churches and deliver creative residential ministry, effectively helping children, young people and adults hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ.

We are fundamentally committed to the local church. Our founders made an obligation to support the evangelistic endeavours of local churches, while our support now focuses on developing and equipping the leaders of local churches. We believe the message of the cross is real and relevant to all people. It is a good news story: of grace (God’s unmerited favour towards us), mercy (forgiveness when we deserved punishment) and love (John 3:16). We are passionately committed to the revitalisation of the Church of England. We have never wavered in this passion and our commitment to patronage, Ventures and Falcon Camps and leadership development flows out of our aspirations for the Church of England.

Unless otherwise stated all Bible quotations taken from Today’s New International Version (TNIV)


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t is often said that we are an Easter People. This is obviously true, since the Easter story is at the heart of the gospel, but it’s also true because the ‘new’ resurrection life is the gift that we inhabit as converted followers of Jesus. When considering this, I have recently been struck by the need for the Church to be ‘new’ in various regards. Firstly, in its self-understanding as articulated in the now famous statement: ‘The Church of God does not have a mission, the God of mission has a Church.’ Furthermore, the changing context in which we live demands that we explore a new missional ‘method’, one that is 24/7, whole life and centred outside of Sunday gatherings. The third ‘new’ we seek is that of an apologetic. Whilst the gospel does not change, the questions that people are asking (and the assumptions they are based upon) are fundamentally different even to when I was ordained 25 years ago. Finally, we need to grow a church that is ‘new’ in its dynamic – a church that is

‘clothed with power from on high’ (Luke 24:49), vital and confident, rather than defeated and disempowered. In this edition of Catalyst you will find stories of leaders being renewed through Arrow Reloaded and in their work with Ventures and Falcon Camps. You will also read of our endeavours to breathe new life into churches in times of vacancy (i.e. between vicars) and to those seeking to give a missional leadership in multi-parish benefices. Thank you for your interest in and support of CPAS. The stories in this magazine would not be possible were it not for the prayers and support of people like you. I pray that you will know the daily ‘making new’ of God’s spirit at work in your life, ministry and local church.

John Dunnett General Director



04 Mind the gap 06 Multiple growth


08 Growing Leaders 09 Sharing the good news 10 Leaders reloaded


12 A leader’s journey on Ventures 14 Mentoring Matters


15 Supporting CPAS

mind the gap The Church of England may well be unique in the way it fills vacant positions of leadership. Due to the various complexities of seeking the next incumbent, a parish’s primary leadership role is often empty for a year or more.

Change the model

To help resolve this significant leadership issue CPAS has joined with a coalition of five partners, led by church growth consultant Bob Jackson, to produce a new resource to help churches thrive through what can be a difficult time.

Although many churches have made progress in shifting the fundamental model, many are still geared up for their everyday life to revolve around the incumbent. During a vacancy these churches limp along for a year or so, structured and organised to be led by an incumbent but not actually having one, so it’s no surprise that the wheels sometimes fall off in lengthy vacancies.

So, how can a church grow through a vacancy? Bob Jackson gives a few answers.


The most fundamental change to help churches thrive in vacancies is to move from a ‘shepherd and flock’ model, to a ‘whole people of God’ model in which everyone participates in the ministry and leadership of the church. Such a shift is good for churches in normal times, but especially important for vacancies.

Pray and be proactive Prayer is a vital part of any vacancy. Some churches arrange weekly prayer

meetings to pray for the church to thrive, and for all those involved in the appointment process. Another church did well to tackle some under-lying friction at the start of its vacancy. The lay chair of the PCC had the awareness and courage to draw a line under past conflicts, so he was able to get people working together before any problems escalated without a vicar in post.

Positive about change

In a fast-changing world, it’s generally the case that if a church is prepared to change then it grows, but churches which won’t change often shrink. However, it’s important that any changes made are good and healthy for the future of the church. For example, many churches now have a mission action plan (MAP). If a church enters a vacancy, people should continue to implement the MAP. A decision to postpone or scrap putting the MAP into action would be a negative change. If your church is about to enter a vacancy without a MAP, then work out two or three priorities to achieve during the vacancy.

Avoid complacency

All types of churches risk decline during a vacancy, including churches with 100plus people on a Sunday, those that have recently attracted a lot of new people, and those with gathered congregations from outside the parish. Also, if the previous vicar had a good consultative or collaborative approach, the church is more likely to shrink in the absence of their leadership. In any church, newer and more fringe members without a lot of relational glue to help them stick can drift away during a vacancy.

Growing Through a Vacancy



This new resource will be available from CPAS in autumn 2013. The research team includes CPAS, the St Peter’s Saltley Trust, the dioceses of Birmingham and Lichfield, and the St John’s Nottingham Centre for Church Growth. In research carried out to inform this new resource, 40 parishes were interviewed about their vacancies: A third reported ‘modest decline’ of 5-20%. A third reported a significant drop in attendance of more than 20%. The most significant declines happened after the first six months. In fact, the overall fall in Church of England attendance during the past decade is almost matched by the total level of decline seen in churches with a vacancy.

Fill the void

Whatever your situation, the leadership void left by a departing vicar needs to be filled. If this hasn’t happened before the vacancy then somebody such as a warden needs to devolve responsibility for aspects of church life to different people. Two key aspects are the welcome of newcomers and the pastoral care of congregation members. Similarly, a church needs to end a vacancy well. The whole church needs to understand the job description of their new incumbent and view them

as an additional resource to lead the church forward, not just dump everything that has been happening back on that one person.

be better prepared for vacancies, to guard against potential decline and turn a vacancy into an opportunity for growth.

Be prepared

Growing Through a Vacancy is based on interviews with the leaders of about 40 churches that have recently gone through a vacancy. About 20 churches are now piloting the materials, so the resource is being shaped by their experiences in order to help other churches thrive during a vacancy.

While it’s impossible for one resource to eliminate decline during a vacancy, the reason we’ve produced Growing Through a Vacancy is to help reduce it. Much of the material is not rocket science: it’s clear, practical and easy to apply to any church situation. It’s designed to help churches


multiple growth The leadership of multiparish benefices is a significant challenge for the Church of England. Recent statistics suggest that about one third of dioceses have at least 40 per cent of benefices with three or more churches. With projections for the next few years predicting a continuing decline in the numbers of stipendiary clergy, the prevalence of multi-parish benefices is only expected to rise. But what are the implications for church growth? This year, building on our existing Leading Edge day about this key issue, CPAS will be developing a variety of initiatives to equip lay and ordained leaders in multi-parish benefices for mission. Here are two examples of how leadership has been developed in benefices in the South-east and Northwest of England.


‘the church now sees itself as team-led rather than needing one pastor’

Haddenham benefice, Oxford diocese


e-orientating the expectations of leadership and reordering a church building has led to significant growth at St Nicholas’ Cuddington, which is part of the Haddenham benefice in rural Buckinghamshire.

realistic expectations on just one person. With the appointment of a part-time curate and a church member licensed as a lay Reader, the church now sees itself as team-led rather than needing one pastor.’

St Nicholas’ electoral roll has grown to 78 members in a village of 600 people. The benefice includes the larger sister church of St Mary’s in the town of Haddenham, with a congregation of about 150, as well as two smaller village churches.

Since the re-ordering of Cuddington four years ago, the building has been used in more imaginative ways, with women’s breakfasts, a Passover supper, concerts, coffee mornings and a toddler singing group. Christianity Explored groups have led to three new home groups.

Margot Hodson, vicar of the benefice, said: ‘The combination of a more flexible building and a much more flexible ministry team has had a dramatic impact at Cuddington. Building on the strong foundations of my predecessor who was a very good enabler, my role has been to give more focus to that development.

‘There is incredible energy in Cuddington, and the re-ordering of the building was a catalyst for more involvement,’ said Margot. ‘The church has continued to grow and is now attracting more young families.

‘St Mary’s has also continued to develop a collaborative model of leadership where each area of ministry has its ‘Across the benefice, we have own team and this is leading to developed a ministry team growth. We have four people of clergy and licensed lay on a new prayer leadership ministers, as well as a preachers’ team overseeing a number of group which has been hugely initiatives including 24/7 prayer beneficial for getting other weekends and a prayer ministry people involved. team, and Cuddington also now has a weekly prayer group. ‘At Cuddington, the self-supThis has been really important, porting minster has a full-time because when good prayer is job so it has been important for happening you know the church the congregation not to put unwill grow.’

Rob Jackson with the Growing Leaders course participants he led while team vicar in Bolton

Cartmel Peninsula benefice, Carlisle diocese


ob Jackson is a team vicar in the Cartmel Peninsula benefice, which comprises nine parishes in Cumbria on the southern edge of the Lake District. Having previously been team vicar in a highly populated urban area of Bolton, the setting in Cumbria is much more diverse. The nine-parish benefice serves the towns of Bowness and Windermere, including significant seasonal tourism, as well as several out-lying villages. Rob is part of a team led by rector Nick Ask, also including another team vicar, two housefor-duty vicars and two nonstipendiary ministers, as well as several licensed lay Readers. As well as being responsible for one church, Rob has the role of lay development adviser across the benefice. He said: ‘Before I came here two and a half years ago, there had been some good strategic thinking about how to

do ministry across the benefice. It’s quite a new staff team but some of us have specific roles across the benefice as well as leading individual churches.

‘Having a focus on developing lay people has proved to be really fruitful.’

‘In my role I’ve been given a mandate for growing teams of people, so we’ve got people involved in intercessions, pastoral ministry and preaching. Having a focus on developing lay people has proved to be really fruitful.’ Rob led the CPAS Growing Leaders course while in Bolton, and has made plans with training advisors in three other deaneries to run it across the archdeaconry in Cumbria later this year. Due to the geographical area, the course will run simultaneously 40 miles apart in Kendal and Barrow, with the group joining together for the two 24-hour residentials. He added: ‘Growing Leaders is a really useful resource which fits with my role and passion for developing lay leaders across the benefice. It’s also important

to note that different churches have different needs, so I’ve run other courses to tailor training for different groups, depending what is happening in each church situation. ‘For example, I’ve organised a pastoral care development training course for 12 people through the Association of Christian Counsellors. With another church we ran a stewardship course, resulting in people giving more of their time and money to the church.’ 07

Resources to develop leaders in your church

growing leaders

‘In an age when the developing and equipping of leaders is one of the highest priorities for churches which want to thrive, Growing Leaders is just about the most comprehensive and useful resource available.’ Ian Parkinson, regional director of New Wine North & East, and vicar of All Saints, Marple

Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders – Youth Edition

Here‘s a snapshot of our ministry over 2012. Thank you for your prayers, donations, or support of our work in other ways. Please pray that as we make disciples and develop leaders, churches will be equipped for mission, and God’s kingdom will grow in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

sharing the good news our work in 2012 109 new churches using Growing Leaders material 40 more churches resourced with Growing Leaders – Youth Edition 200 Mentoring Matters packs bought by churches

3,797 8-18s went on a Venture holiday 477 young people facing disadvantage went on a Falcon Camp 3,169 volunteer leaders on Ventures and Falcon Camps

479 Grove leadership booklets sold 60 people attending You and Ministry weekends 2,296 leaders resourced by Lead On each month 30 new incumbents attended The Buck Stops Here 24 leaders developed in-depth by the Arrow Leadership Programme

thank you for your support 6,631 prayer supporters 616 local churches made donations

1,285 fans on Facebook

53 evangelical clergy appointed at patronage churches 280 lay and ordained leaders equipped through training days 21 dioceses (half the country) with CPAS input into leadership development training


In 1999, the first Arrow Leadership Programme began, resourcing younger church leaders for a lifetime of effective missional leadership. Around 300 Arrow graduates are now leading local churches or other ministries in the UK and Ireland and beyond. Lucy Cleland and Richard Trethewey both went on this January’s Arrow Reloaded biannual conference for graduates. They share what God’s been doing through them, and how Arrow continues to shape their ministry.

leaders reloaded ‘a bottomless toolbox’

‘All change’ has been the theme of Lucy Cleland’s ministry since graduating from Arrow in 2011. Her move from priest-incharge in rural Cambridgeshire to bishop’s chaplain in Southwell and Nottingham diocese meant new everything: new home, new people, new diocese, new workplace. She reflects: ‘In some ways, everything is different, but the principles for godly leadership I learnt on Arrow are still just as applicable. ‘When we first arrived, James [Lawrence] talked about the four Rs of Arrow Reloaded: reassess, recalibrate, reconnect and recommit. Reassessing was particularly

helpful for me – we had a quiet afternoon to spend time with God and do a ‘leadership MOT’. This involved thinking about how we were doing in five areas: physically, emotionally, relationally, intellectually and spiritually. Spiritually, I’ve been thinking about how we pray as a team, having moved from a set rhythm of prayer in my parish to an office setting with very different routines. Relationally, building links with the wider community has been a priority. One of the things I’ve intentionally done in this area since moving is join a netball team. Doing Arrow imprinted the importance and value of building friendships with people who are walking alongside Christ, and those who are not. ‘During the programme and since graduating, Arrow has been a great source of wisdom for me. It’s a bit like a bottomless toolbox – whatever my need is, there seems to be a principle, model, paradigm or resource from Arrow to help me. Arrow Reloaded was a fantastic opportunity to take a step back, reflect, and go back to my daily ministry feeling challenged, encouraged and inspired.’

‘It’s a bit like a bottomless toolbox – whatever my need is, there seems to be a relevant principle, model, paradigm or resource from Arrow to help me.’ Lucy Cleland 10

‘I’m convinced Arrow will be recognised as one of the greatest positive influences on generations of leaders in the Church at this time.’ Richard Trethewey

‘inspired and uplifted’

Arrow Reloaded was a very apt end to Richard Trethewey’s sabbatical. Working as associate vicar at Knowle Parish Church for the past seven years, he completed Arrow in 2009 and has attended two Arrow Reloaded events since. He said: ‘I came away from Arrow Reloaded feeling inspired and uplifted. We were very well looked after, the worship times were fantastic, and a highlight was hearing Matt Baggott (Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland) share his experiences as a Christian in leadership. Seeing how he applies his faith to the way he leads inspired us all. ‘The talks on “The Attentive Life” from Viv Thomas were particularly appropriate for me at the end of my sabbatical. Being reminded of the on-going importance of resting, and having a healthy blend of work and rest was much needed. I’m someone who tends to be over-busy, but Arrow has helped me prioritise quiet days, rest, and taking time to reflect and recharge. ‘Steve Beak’s session on supervising staff well was also very useful. Whilst many vicars receive training in how to supervise a curate,

clergy often find themselves in various other line management roles with little training provided, so this session was much appreciated. The importance of leading well with others is something which has really stayed with me. Jesus set the example of leading collaboratively, and we see this pattern continue all the way through the New Testament. ‘While I was on Arrow, our church was going through a period of significant change relating to the style, structure and times of services, which some members of the congregation inevitably found difficult. Developing a team to manage this change was crucial, as we were able to make the changes in consultation with others, rather than imposing them. ‘One of the principles of Arrow is “for the sake of the many, invest in a few”, and I am convinced that as well as the participants Arrow benefits many people indirectly. God has used Arrow to enable his Church in mission and ministry in really significant ways, and I’m convinced it will be recognised as one of the greatest positive influences on generations of leaders in the Church at this time.’


The incredible impact that Venture holidays have on thousands of young lives each year is obvious when hearing from the volunteer leaders who see change and transformation on an annual basis. We caught up with Robin Barfield, main overall leader on Smallwood Manor 1, who is now in his 13th year as a Ventures volunteer.


ver the years, Robin’s journey into overall leadership on a Venture has encompassed various twists and turns as he’s helped countless young people explore the Bible and learn more about Jesus. Having become a Christian as a teenager on a residential holiday, Robin needed little encouragement to get involved as a leader on Ventures after he followed God’s call into youth ministry. His first opportunity to volunteer came about during a church placement as part of his Bible college studies 13 years ago.

a leader’s journey

on Ventures


However, it was a move into his current role of children’s minister at Christ Church Wharton, Cheshire, in 2002 that led to a significant development in growing the reach of Venture holidays for under-11s.

‘Seeing young people engage with God’s word is the best part of a Venture.’

Robin said: ‘My primary mission field is the 7-11s, and having previously taken teenagers on Ventures I wanted to take younger children along as well. There was enough interest from other churches in the North-west, so we jumped at the chance of starting the Quinta Venture. ‘There are huge differences with taking a younger group away. The intensity level is much higher because you’re with the children every moment from waking up until they go to sleep, and the pastoral care issues are different as some haven’t been away from home before.

Three years ago the Venture split to plant a new holiday, with both remaining closely linked by sharing the same teaching materials and primarily serving the North-west region. ‘We’re really grateful to God,’ added Robin. ‘It has been an exciting few years but that’s all because of what he is doing through the plans he’s given us. Seeing young people engage with God’s word is the best part of a Venture.

‘Resourcing local churches has always been a key part of what we do through this Venture, so we try to model good children’s work and provide relevant Bible teaching for this age group. On a really practical level we make as much material as we can available for others to use, including the teaching notes, booklets for children and videos used in the talks.’

‘In many ways, Ventures are a natural extension of what we do in children’s ministry week in, week out. However, we’re often more ambitious with our teaching material on a Venture, such as last year we did a Bible overview and this year we’re tackling Romans 1-4. ‘A week on a Venture is one of a number of things which help root the children in God’s word and their local churches. We also want to help the children serve Jesus in their everyday lives.’ 13

mentoring matters Nurture disciples and develop leaders in your church

Mentoring Matters is a practical guide to setting up a church-based mentoring network, which helps you identify, train and resource mentors.

‘I came not sure if mentoring is for my church, and left realising that it is a key milestone in its development into mission.’ Mentoring Matters training event delegate

supporting CPAS We believe that when we pray, God moves. The faithful prayers of our supporters are the foundation of all we do. If you don’t already pray for CPAS, we’d love you to start. Please join us in praying that God would work mightily through our leadership development, patronage and Ventures and Falcon Camps ministries to bring about his kingdom in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our quarterly Prayer Diary includes a weekly prayer theme and daily prayer points, with Bible verses, images and information to aid prayer. If you don’t already receive the Prayer Diary and would like to, please visit or call 0300 123 0780.

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prayer in practice Last year, our wonderful Prayer Diary supporters prayed for St Matthew’s Bristol, a CPAS patronage church. We caught up with vicar Mat Ineson to find out what’s been happening since: ‘Thanks so much for praying for us back in October. We have now completed the Mentoring Matters training process. Many of the mentoring relationships are continuing, and we’ve seen people grow in confidence and become increasingly involved in leadership. ‘You also prayed for our wider discipleship, as we strive as a church to live for Jesus. We’ve been running a sermon series on Sundays based on a Revelation-style letter written to our church by our evening congregation. Weighing this letter against scripture through our sermons and small groups has enabled us to hear God’s leading at this time. It has been very challenging (and prophetic!), and is helping people take real steps forward in their personal discipleship. ‘The ministry in the local tower blocks continues to develop and bear small but significant encouragements. We built further links with the community through carol singing at Christmas, and a lady we met through the drop-ins did Alpha with us last term. ‘Praise God for answered prayer!’

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CPAS Catalyst magazine for April-September 2013.