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Diocesan Development Day Resources 2018

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Renewed - Released - Rejuvenated

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What will a generous and flourishing Diocese of Sheffield look like in 2025?

With keynotes from the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe and Alison Coulter (see below for bios), and through a range of workshops, this day was a really important day for clergy and key lay leaders.

The workshops focussed on different strands of the strategy

Morning sessions

  • Rejuvenated: Bishop Ric Thorpe, 'Creating new Christian communities'. A practical workshop to follow on from his plenary address.
  • Renewed: 'An experiential workshop of prayer stations'.
  • Released: Julie Banham & Neil Redeyoff, 'Releasing the potential of our buildings'.
  • All three strands: Parish Support Team, 'Practical help to make the most of the revised vision'.

Afternoon sessions

  • Released: Alison Coulter, 'Setting God’s people free'. A practical workshop to follow on from her plenary address.
  • All three strands: Parish Support Team, 'Practical help to make the most of the revised vision'.
  • Released: David Stout & Mark Wigglesworth, 'Releasing the purse strings'. A practical workshop on stewardship and grant funding.
  • Rejuvenated: Huw Thomas & Jacqui Jones, 'Mission in schools'. Practical ways to work with schools, including chaplaincy & Messy Church.

Alison Coulter

Alison is co-author of the report ’Setting God’s People Free’ as a member of the Archbishops’ Council’s Lay Leadership Task Group and is currently a member of the Setting God’s People Free Steering Group.  She was also a member of the Archbishops’ Task Group for Evangelism.  Most of the week Alison is Director of Health Services at Thrive Worldwide.  Thrive supports those creating a better world to thrive - body, mind and spirit – providing specialist medical and psychological care training and consultancy services to humanitarian, mission and faith based organisations.  Previously she was a Director of Artesian, a leadership development and organisational health consultancy, for 10 years, and her background is in Public Health and NHS management. 

Bishop Ric Thorpe

The Rt Revd Ric Thorpe has been Bishop of Islington since September 2015.  Before being appointed to Islington, Bishop Ric was the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting and Rector of St Paul’s Shadwell.

The role of Bishop of Islington – a revived post that had been vacant since 1923 – is to support London’s Church growth strategy as part of Capital Vision 2020, which sets a target of creating 100 new worshipping communities within the Diocese by 2020. As such, Bishop Ric is free from territorial responsibilities and focuses on supporting newly established worshipping communities both within London and at a national level, serving as a resource for the whole Church of England.


Click here for Development Day 2017 Growing the Church Younger: Mixed Generations for a Healthy Church

Click here for Development Day 2016 Deep & Wide: Thriving as a mixed economy church


Video and other resources from the day

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Bishop Ric Thorpe - Keynote 1, Development Day 2018

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Alison Coulter - Keynote 2, Development Day 2018

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Bishop Pete Wilcox - RENEWED Development Day 2018

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Bishop Ric Thorpe - Church planting, Development Day 2018

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Alison Coulter - Setting God's People Free

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