Renewing Ministry 2019 (25 Feb-1st March 2019)

Renewing Ministry 2019 (25 Feb-1st March 2019)

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St Mary's Monastery

Hatton Road



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The Renewing Ministry conference is an opportunity to take a few days to step back from the parish; to reflect with your peers. This conference offers time to contemplate which aspects of ministry are encouraging and energising; to consider hopes for ministry and mission in the next few years; and to develop your understanding of yourself and how you relate to others.

We particularly invite those who have served in ministry for 10 years or more to attend [who still have at least 5 more years before retirement.] However if you feel you might particularly benefit from this Conference at this time, please get in touch with us to discuss further.

The conference will include facilitated days by Ash Barker & Di Murray, along with renewed reflection on ordination vows & individual DISC behavioural analysis.

The conference will be held at Kinnoul Monastery in Perth, a peaceful retreat centre with three chapels, full board en-suite accommodation and wooded grounds in which you'll be free to wander, weather permitting! Evenings will be kept free of sessions so that you can relax, either in the privacy of your room or in the lounge area which will be reserved for the group's sole use.


The key speakers at the conference are leaders in their fields:

Dr Ash Barker: Ash has lived and worked in urban poor contexts for over 25 years, including 12 years in Bangkok's largest slum. He is now the director of Newbigin House and Newbigin School for Urban Leadership, from where he speaks, writes, runs seminars, researches, coaches frontline workers and lectures in the UK and internationally. Ash is also a community chaplain based in Winson Green prison.

Di Murray: Di is a resilience practitioner, coach, creative and communicator with a background in business, psychology and mental health. She lives and works in the Scottish Borders and further afield and has been a member of Duns and District Parish Church for the past 20 years. Di runs her own consultancy DJM Coaching and Facilitation and in 2013 she founded of “ComingUp4Air” – space to breathe; in response to a growing need for quality reflective spaces amidst the demands of a complex, uncertain and face paced world. Di currently divides her time between her work with DJM (and Comingup4Air) and her community work in adult mental health.

Di is passionate about helping leaders to become more curious, compassionate and courageous; and connect more deeply with their authentic self and inner wisdom as a means to live and lead well for Kingdom purposes. Di is warm, honest and engaging, bringing a dynamic joyful and mindful approach to all her clients.

Pastoral Support Team Staff will also

Pastoral Support Team Staff will also facilitate at the Conference

the Conference

Lezley Stewart. Lezley is the Recruitment & Support Secretary for Ministries Council, providing leadership for vocational guidance of ministries in the Church and oversight of the pastoral support services of the Council. She cares passionately about ministry and those who minister. Lezley is inspired by those who answer the call to serve the Church is so many different ways, and she cares that people are able to flourish in ministry as the people God created them to be.

Gabby Dench. Gabby Dench is the Pastoral Support Manager for Ministries Council and co-leads the development and management of Ascend. Her role is to provide relevant and timely support for Ministers and to develop strategies to improve the wellbeing of those in ministry.

Ian McDonald is the Pastoral Support Manager (Maternity Cover) for Ministries Council. Ian has a background in Parish Ministry and Healthcare Chaplaincy, working in Orkney, Bannockburn and then across NHS Fife. He recently returned from Switzerland where he was minister at the Scots Kirk of Lausanne within the International Presbytery.

Rhona Dunphy. is our Pastoral Support Officer, working within the Ministries Pastoral Team to offer pastoral care to people engaged in ministry in the church, as well as facilitating access to external means of practical help and support.


There are 16 places on this conference. If you have attended Renewing Ministry before you won't be eligible for this conference (sorry!).

The conference costs £275. You can use your Study Leave allowance (should you have enough) to cover the cost. Alternatively you can cover the cost of the conference yourself. Travel to and from the conference for everyone will be paid by the Ministries Council.

To use Study Leave, please enter the code STUDYLEAVE when booking your ticket. You do not need to fill in a Study Leave application form and you will not be asked to produce a Study Leave report. We encourage you to take a full week's leave to give you time to reflect on the conference. Ministries Council will pay for Pulpit Supply for the Sunday.

If you have any questions or would like to check your study leave allowance, please contact Alison Stewart, Senior Administrator for Education and Support (0131 225 5722 x.2353).

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