Team Review June 2019

This review has been carried out by the Revd Andrew Braddock, the Director of Mission and Ministry in Gloucester Diocese.

Over a series of weeks, Andrew held informal discussions with various groups within the life of the team, including the Team Council, LMTs, clergy and readers.

The report below is the text from the presentation Andrew gave on the 22 June 2019. Over 40 people attended that meeting and there was some representation from nearly every church.

You can see the presentation slides here.

Overview

  • Thanksgiving
  • Values
  • Dreams and Dangers
  • Recommendations
  • Thanksgiving and Prayer

Thanksgiving

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1.3-6

Values

Generous welcome, care and hospitality, inclusive, openness,  respect

Looking outwards, expectant, creative, hopeful,

Sharing together, mutual support and awareness, honesty, humour, appropriate challenge

Delighting in diversity, accepting of each other, trust, caring, non-judgemental, encouraging

Shalom, joy, patience, humility, love, sensitivity

Dreams

The Importance of Connection:

With the community
Churches are known for being there for the whole of the Stroud community and the neighbouring areas – with wider partnership with others

With each other
Churches growing in connection across the team – valuing both the variety and unity across the team, sharing resources, telling their stories and delighting in diversity

With God
Churches growing in their relationship with God – deepening their spirituality, sharing in ministry, and looking for God’s activity within and beyond the church

Dangers

  • Poor communication
  • Lack of clarity about roles, vision and purpose of the team
  • Silo working
  • Nostalgia for a past that is no longer possible
  • Church becoming inward-looking
  • Failure to address difficult issues
  • Clergy and laity being over-stretched and burnt out

Recommendations

Team Ministry: Some Guiding Principles

  • Collaborative, complementary, shared
  • Enables the whole church to share more fully in God’s mission
  • Rejoices in diverse gifts
  • Identifies what best done as a team-wide ministry and what best done more locally
  • Enables local leadership and pastoral care
  • Accessible to the wider community
  • Builds a team of teams

Team Ministry

  • Establish local ministry leads for each church/congregation
  • Continue to identify team-wide ministries and who will lead them
  • Continue to resource and grow local ministry team/s
  • Develop work on giving and stewardship
  • All licensed ministers to be licensed to the whole team

For stipendiary clergy, ensure that while they share oversight for the whole team, they also have clarity in their roles, based on realistic expectations. This should include acknowledging:

  • Kate’s principle role as team rector
  • Simon’s role as team pioneer
  • A new priest appointed whose role will include oversight for Holy Trinity

Team Identity and Governance

Already in place:

 

  • Team Council formed
  • Three team priorities identified: discipleship, social justice, buildings
  • Identity established as Stroud parish churches

Establish a Team Council with governance responsibilities for the whole team. Why? 

  • Simplify structures
  • Clarify decision-making processes
  • Avoid duplication
  • Give the team ‘teeth’

Establish a Team Council with governance responsibilities for the whole team. How?

  • Constitute team as a single parish
  • Team Council becomes PCC for the new parish
  • Agreed responsibilities delegated back either to the local congregational meeting or to team-wide groups (e.g. baptism team)
  • Achieve within next three years

 

Establish a Team Council with governance responsibilities for the whole team. What next? 

  • Within existing structures, PCCs delegate ‘up’ to Team Council decisions best made collectively
  • PCCs move to a pattern of bi-monthly meetings in two groups – (1) Whiteshill, Paganhill, Randwick and St Matthews (2) Slad, Uplands, Holy Trinity and St Laurence

Pioneer Ministry and the Centre/Community for Peace and the Arts

Within the new structure this area of ministry, due to its scope and scale, needs its own focused governance and leadership while remaining clearly rooted in the life of the Team as a whole. It may be that the term ‘community’ rather than ‘centre’ better expresses the ethos of this pioneer ministry.

  • Establish it under a CIC (community interest company)
  • With its primary place of belonging as a community for peace and the arts being St Laurence’s
  • Absorb the existing pioneer council of reference and BMO structure into the trustee body for the CIC
  • Enable it to resource pioneer ministry across the team

Team Administration

Consolidate and streamline administration. Why?

  • Good administration (procedures, policies, sharing information, communication) resources, releases and supports the ministry of the whole church
  • Gives assurance in relation to statutory obligations e.g. GDPR, safeguarding, legal and charitable compliance 

Consolidate and streamline administration. Why?

  • Good administration (procedures, policies, sharing information, communication) resources, releases and supports the ministry of the whole church
  • Gives assurance in relation to statutory obligations e.g. GDPR, safeguarding, legal and charitable compliance

Consolidate and streamline administration. How?

  • Move to shared/on-line administrative support using Church Suite
  • Employ someone (short term) to input data
  • Invest in the website and social media presence
  • Explore how to address concerns around communication

Buildings

A ‘use of buildings’ working group has already been established.

  • Make sure this covers both churches and halls
  • Explore opportunities for sharing buildings with others

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1.3-6