Estates people taking the message of God’s love to estates people in parishes up and down the diocese is our dream.

Southwark has the second highest number of estates parishes (180) in the Church of England and our recent successful SDF (Strategic Development Fund) bid allows us to move forward to develop a cohort of Estates Lay Pioneers.

Estates Lay Pioneers are people who come from estates, know the estates, and able to engage in culturally relevant outreach on the many estates in our diocese.

Our one-year training course for Estates Lay Pioneers will start in January in three different locations. It will be a course customised for estates people, drawing upon successful experiments in the dioceses of Blackburn and York.

Those who have successfully completed year one may go on to the next stage of being a commissioned lay estates pioneer via the Greenhouse Course.

Financial help for travel and child care costs will be provided for participants.

This course is designed to be the course that reaches the parts other courses do not reach. No previous qualifications or educational achievements are necessary.

If you are some one who might be interested in finding out more or if you are an incumbent who might be interested in sending someone on the course please contact Gary Jenkins, Dean of Estates Ministry, who will be overseeing this project.

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