Learning Networks

About Learning Networks

‘Learning Networks’ is a priority of the LIFE vision for the Diocese.

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.


Gloucester Vocations – Facebook group for those exploring vocation
Young Women: God’s Calling – Facebook group for 18-30s exploring vocation

Pioneering Ministry

Cate Williams co-ordinates an email group with training events and people can contact her to join. There is also a Facebook group.

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:

Fresh Expressions
CMS pioneer Facebook group
‘Growing disciples in the countryside’ Facebook group

If you are interested the following areas please let Cate know as groups may be forming over the next year:

  • Asset Based Community Development
  • CICs
  • 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:

Environmental page (w/resources) on this website
Facebook group for Gloucester Churches Environmental Justice network

Green Gloucestershire website

Inclusive Church

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: or 01242 808793.

Wider Network Organisations

Love Early Years

Nationally on Facebook

Spiritual Child Network
1277 – Make them Count
Let’s Talk Family
Intergenerational Church

If you would like to get involved with a specific network, please contact the appropriate person. For feedback and suggestions for groups to add to this page, please contact Rowena King