About Learning Networks
‘Learning Networks’ is a priority of the LIFE vision for the Diocese.
The Revd Rowena King
Vision Priority Lead
What do we mean by this priority?
This priority focuses on connecting leaders, defined as those who are already active in leading and who are, in some way, commissioned to work in or on behalf of the church.
5-year ambition of the group
The broad tasks required to nurture leadership include identifying, developing, resourcing and supporting/sustaining leaders. This particular priority group emphasises the developing and resourcing tasks, but also recognises the significant overlap with the tasks of the other leadership priorities.
Developing: Leaders have access to a broad variety of relevant and challenging training courses and events, enabling them to develop their skills, knowledge and practice and to meet others engaged in similar areas. These opportunities are communicated effectively to leaders.
Resourcing: Leaders are given opportunity to, and are supported in, sharing resources and best practice with each other. Effective resourcing happens both at a local and Diocesan level. This could be facilitated by a mix of networking events and online hubs.
Sustaining/Supporting: Leaders feel supported and cared for in their work. They have networks of pastoral care and mutual encouragement, in which they can share the joys and frustrations of their leadership in a safe and confidential environment.
We are involved with many different networks of people and engaged with communities at all levels. These communities are particularly helpful to those in leadership roles within the Church; providing support, encouragement and a place to share and receive learning and wisdom. This page lists some of the ongoing initiatives and relationships and we hope you will find a place to connect.
Pastoral Assistants – contact Pauline Godfrey to stay connected with other Pastoral Assistants
Pastoral and practical support via the Sheldon Hub site. The Sheldon Hub is for people in ministry, and offers support, online community, directory and advice for doing healthy ministry together.
Cate says – “This isn’t for pioneering in the general sense that all mission is pioneering, but for the kind of focussed pioneering that is exploring possibilities around new Christian communities, particularly with sections of the community who have little or no existing contact with the church.”
Nationally on Facebook:
If you are interested the following areas please let Cate know as groups may be forming over the next year:
- Asset Based Community Development
- missional entrepreneurship
- asylum and refugees
- ministry to those experiencing dementia
Homelessness has various ecumenical groups too which are regional – further resources and links are on our Homelessness page.
Arthur Champion is contact for Gloucester Churches Environmental Justice network Life/engagement/flourishing. His contact details are Tel: 01242 870402. Email:
Simon Culley and Sue Greatorex are contacts for this. Contact info TBA.
Children and Young People
Diocesan Youth Ministry Group – Facebook Group. The group is for anyone involved (or looking to be involved) in Youth Ministry across the Diocese of Gloucester. The group’s purpose is to support one another to inspire young people to explore and grow in the Christian faith. Please do share questions, good ideas, events, resources and successes.
Children and Families Forum – Meets termly on Saturday mornings in different locations around the Diocese. For anyone with any involvement, or interest in, ministry with children, families and schools. For information about the next events, follow on Facebook: Growing up believing, check on the home page here, or contact Jo Wetherall 01452 835552 .
Cheltenham Children’s Ministry Forum – An ecumenical group meeting once or twice a term for sharing and prayer. Meets at Trinity Cheltenham. Contact Jo Leighton for details: email@example.com or 01242 808793.
Wider Network Organisations
Nationally on Facebook