Social Mobility insights and ranking for each of England’s 324 Local Authority areas – from a November 2017 report

This Government report from November 2017 – found via a tweet from @RuSource – uses a Social Mobility Index to highlight where, (geographically), people from disadvantaged backgrounds are most and least likely to make social progress. The index uses a range of 16 indicators for every life stage – from the early years through to adulthood … More Social Mobility insights and ranking for each of England’s 324 Local Authority areas – from a November 2017 report

Setting God’s People Free – a new resource from the CofE

As the Setting God’s People Free (SGPF) page on the CofE’s website says, “SGPF is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Monday to Saturday as well as Sunday. ” On the page are 2 resources, plus an … More Setting God’s People Free – a new resource from the CofE

Burnout – 8 top tips/questions to ask about yourself or your team

A blog post I came across from the LSE Business Review looks at what research says about how to reduce burnout.  It defines burnout as follows …. “a situation in which employees are emotionally exhausted (drained and lacking energy,) and depersonalised, that is, they have developed a cynical attitude towards their job and the people … More Burnout – 8 top tips/questions to ask about yourself or your team

Seedtime

Just back from an excellent few days reflecting on what it means to lead churches in a rural context.  The Germinate Leadership course from Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre is an 18-month programme that “combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues … More Seedtime

After Easter till August 2018 – Ideas for church services and events

  Around now might be the time you are bending your mind to events and services for after Easter – say April to August 2018.  Along with some of the red letter days, I’ve collated a number of other ideas.  The “usual suspects” are listed below along with – I hope – some other useful … More After Easter till August 2018 – Ideas for church services and events

10 ideas from social entrepreneurs – using others’ resources to get a mission done

This 1.5 hour 2017 video from the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute, (“We do research and teaching in the field of private action for public benefit”), is on the subject of social entrepreneurs. It describes them as people who identify a pressing injustice or market failure AND have an idea of how to use … More 10 ideas from social entrepreneurs – using others’ resources to get a mission done

Festival churches

The Association of Festival Churches (AFC) held its second annual gathering at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Woodstock.  Presentations included an update on the state of play from Joseph Elders, Major Projects Officer at the Church Buildings Council and secretary of the AFC.  Setting the idea of festival churches in the wider context of church … More Festival churches

Independent review calls for greater community use to give church buildings a sustainable future

Commissioned in 2016 to report to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – this review considers the funding and sustainability of listed church buildings.  Published on 20/12/17, the press release for the review says…. ” The review panel highlighted the best practice of many churches and of volunteers around the … More Independent review calls for greater community use to give church buildings a sustainable future

Community owned businesses that use rural church buildings help sustain the church

This research used 5 full case studies and 2 shorter ones to consider whether community owned businesses can help sustain rural places of worship.  Social enterprises, (more recently called community businesses/co-operatives), are trading organisations with social and community objectives.  Any surplus funds they generate is used to fulfill social purposes.   Examples are community owned shops … More Community owned businesses that use rural church buildings help sustain the church