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Report from the National Deaneries Conference 2016 “More for Less – Deaneries in Renewal and reform”

Deepening Discipleship

Deepening Discipleship is a publication draws together resources, training and events that support the discipleship and ministry of the whole people of God. The call to be a disciple is a lifelong journey that draws us into deep patterns of worship and prayer, and service of the Kingdom of Heaven. Deepening Discipleship is a Diocesan wide programme designed to support this journey and has been designed to support the ongoing activities within our parishes, Fresh Expressions and chaplaincies.

Ministry Matters 

Whilst mainly directed at Clergy, Readers and SPAs, some of these courses on a range of subjects to resource Christian life and ministry are open to all.

Archdeacons' Visitation News

An annual newsletter from the Archdeacons for Churchwardens and parish officers

Responding to the Refugee Crisis

As one of the few institutions at the heart of many communities, the role of churches in alleviating the suffering of those affected by the recent refugee crisis has been pivotal.
This booklet sheds light on the crisis, and celebrates the work of churches in the Diocese, as they seek to serve the common good and build God’s Kingdom.

Parish Support Fund resources

Our resources and information are available on the Parish Support Fund section of the website, available below

Public Policy presentation to Diocesan Synod

The linked PowerPoint presentation was first shown at the March 2016 Diocesan Synod meeting by the Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Diocesan Public Policy Adviser.

Capital Projects Manual

This is intended as a guide to help parishes who hope to develop Capital projects as part of their Mission Action Plan. Parishes are asked to use this process to access Diocesan advice and resources.

The manual will help parishes to:

  • Decide and own the process in PCC meetings
  • Develop precise and detailed plans from your idea
  • Identify and contact Diocesan advisors
  • Consult with the congregation and local community
  • Prepare the Statement of Need for the Diocesan Advisory Committee
  • Foresee difficulties and tackle them
  • Manage the design stages
  • Secure permissions including Faculty and planning
  • Manage capital expenditure
  • Celebrate your success

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2020

On any pilgrimage we learn almost as much from those with whom we journey as from the place to which we travel.  So we are delighted that in 2020 there is the opportunity to join a pilgrimage to the Holy Land being jointly organised by the Diocese of Southwark and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.  The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Paul Hendricks of the Roman Catholic Diocese and Bishop Christopher Chessun, supported by the deans of the two cathedrals, Andrew Nunn and Richard Hearn.  As with any pilgrimage to the land of Jesus we will be visiting all of the principal sites we know through the gospels.  However, what will make this pilgrimage unique will be the opportunity to worship together, to understand a little more about our particular traditions but also to realise how much we have in common.  We will be staying in hotels in Jerusalem and Tiberias and benefitting from local guides as well as the wisdom our bishops will bring.

Places are, of course, limited and so you are encouraged to book early to be part of this very special group. The brochure and booking form can be found here.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Blog

Read the Pilgrimage Blog written daily on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Fit for Purpose

The Fit for Purpose Report is the result of a process which is designed to reshape the governance of the Diocese to make it more appropriate for the 21st century.

A motion for the acceptance of the proposals contained within the report was passed with no objections at the July 2015 Diocesan Synod meeting.

'The World in a Diocese'

'The World in a Diocese' is the report of an independent review of the Diocesan Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Committee.

Everyday People

The National Church has published 'Everyday People - God's Gift to the Church of England' - a booklet on Minority Ethnic Vocations.

A Framework for the use of parish buildings by independent churches

There is a wide variety of practice across churches in the arrangements for the use of Church of England buildings by independent congregations and also a diversity in the nature of the relationships between the local parish church and those who use its premises.  There is however a wide recognition on all sides that greater consistency is needed across the Diocese. 

This guidance, written by John Richardson (Diocesan Ecumenical Adviser) sets out some possibilities and first attempts to clarify some underlying issues.

Report from the Diocesan Review into Non-Stipendiary Ministry

The Report, which was launched as part of a celebration of Non-Stipendiary Ministry in Southwark Cathedral on 25 September 2014, can be downloaded 

Second Report of the Root & Branch Working Group

Approved by the Bishop’s Council on 17 July 2014 and passed by Diocesan Synod at their meeting on 7 September 2014. 

Strategy for Ministry

At its meeting of November 2012, the Southwark Diocesan Synod approved the Strategy for Ministry report - a major piece of work outlining the way forward for Southwark Diocese over the next five years. Visit the Strategy for Ministry section containing details of the process as well as reports, resources and contacts.

Parish Statistics

Resources from the Church of England Research and Statistics Department and Church Urban Fund to help parishes understand more about their parishes and their place in the local community. This is based on information from the 2011 Census.

General Synod Resources

The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. It considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.

How to find out more about General Synod