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Vicar's Letter of the Month  - April


Reverend Lissa Scott writes …….

Every three years as a church we select some new members for Shared Ministry development team, who help shape the ministry of the church and of its members. I have missed the team’s support recently while it was not meeting during the time I have been involved in Ministerial Leadership for Growth and look forward to working again as a Shared Ministry parish.


It can sometimes be quite difficult to explain what the team does, so it seems a good idea to use some of the explanations I have heard from members of various teams from different churches. I think this will help us as a church as we begin the process of choosing a team for the next three years – especially as everyone has a part to play in suggesting members of the team.


There is always a prayerful approach. A Shared Ministry Development Team will try to work out what is God’s vision for St Matthew and St Luke’s and how as a church we can develop this. Above everything else the team needs to be vision-orientated. Without the constraints of a specific agenda of formal meeting structure, there is the freedom, the time and space, to step back and see the bigger picture and to roll with ideas. The atmosphere is relaxed, informal and hopefully people get excited about things.


In many ways the Shared Ministry team works as a think-tank, where we focus on what needs to happen and think about what could be possible. Although it isn’t actually a group that has to do things, it can make things happen. It acts as an enabling group, helping people to see what is important and take the part God is calling them to in our mission and ministry.

In church on April 22nd we will be asking people for their suggestions as to who might be called to be a part of this team. Please think and pray about this before then. Having the right team will make a big difference to the future life of the church, as it has over many years.


With every good wish

Lissa Scott