"to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ." Ephesians 4.12
Mission Strategy 2021: Empower
We want to provide the resources needed to address the challenges identified. Through a range of training and funding we will equip and empower churches and individuals for the work that God is calling us to undertake.
November 2017 update from the Empower stream:
Work is progressing well with the Empower workstream.
The Undergraduate Training Scheme is an attempt to train local young people to work in some of our secondary schools, and is being spearheaded by Jonathan Richardson. This is planned in association with Ridley College Cambridge, and will give students practical experience alongside a professional qualification. The students will be based in secondary schools, where there is good support from local churches, already engaged in work in the feeder primary schools. We plan to start two students in 2018, and hope that the initiative will grow and may attract funding under the Church of England’s Renewal and Reform programme. This is in response to a sense that many of our churches undertake excellent work with children and young people at primary level, but that there are fewer cases of this continuing into secondary level. We are keen to build confidence and capacity for this important aspect of our mission and ministry.
We have received four strong bids from schools and churches across the diocese.
Similarly, we are in the process now of looking to recruit a small group of young people who will explore their vocation together for a year, as part of our Ministry Experience Scheme. This comes at a time when we have seen a very encouraging increase in the numbers of people beginning training for ordination and also in beginning the process of exploring their vocation.
However, we need to continue to pray for new vocations to all forms of ministry.
The first group of clergy and lay people have been invited to register for our initial residential course on Leading your Church into Growth, and there was an impressive uptake for the training session PCC Tonight which we ran in partnership with CPAS.
Do continue to pray for us and with us in the faith that God is able to achieve among us more than we can ask or imagine.
About the Empower stream
The stream is led by the Bishop of Thetford, assisted by the Archdeacon of Norwich and other designated officers. The aims are to:
- offer training and learning opportunities for clergy and laity to encourage and empower for mission (some fully-funded, some residential, and including apologetics training)
- fund project work and workers to increase our capacity working with schools, children, young people and families
- support parish and deanery initiatives to address social need, poverty and deprivation.