Diocesan Clergy School and Missionary Conference
†Martin has called two Diocesan Missionary Conferences since 2000. At the first, in September 2007, the Diocese took the bold step of starting the process of multiplying parishes. Since then our 12 enormous parishes have multiplied to 24 smaller ones, and we expect to reach 28 at the beginning of 2015. Our Archdeaconries have grown from three to seven, and many new leaders (especially lay and youth leaders) have begun to emerge.
In April 2014 another Missionary Conference took place at Christ Church Cathedral in Polokwane, where the Diocese agreed to embrace "Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM)" and explore "Fresh Expressions of Church" in our relatively poor, African context. The Missionary Conference was preceeded by a two day Clergy School on Mission Shaped Ministry. The clergy were joined by members of the Guild of St Mark (our Fellowship of Vocation) and the Diocesan Youth Committee.
Two priests from Cape Town, who are themselves involved in Mission Shaped Ministry, led the Clergy School and Missionary Conference:
- Gordon Crowther is Minister in Charge of the Church of the Holy Spirit, part of the St John's Parish, Wynberg group of Churches. He is also a trainer in Mission Shaped Ministry and part of the South African MSM team.
- Ben Aldous is Minister in Charge of St John's Church in Wynberg, and is planning to do doctoral studies in MSM in the near future. He and his wife Sharon served as Missionaries in Cambodia before returning to South Africa.
Gordon Crowther teaches about Mission Shaped MinistryBen Aldous addresses the Missionary ConferencePat Lennox, who heads up Development in the Diocese, spoke to participants about some of the missionary challenges facing us