Welcome to the first monthly mailing of the Shared Ministry Network!
This month we are getting off to a good start with two contributions from members of the network, and the offer of a further networking opportunity for members of this network who work in lay ministry development.
I hope this will spur many of you into sending in things to share through the next month’s mailing! In view of the fact that many of us will be very busy and/or on holiday at the end of December, please could I have your contributions by Fri 6 January 2018 and I will get the January newsletter out during the following week.
Meanwhile, may I wish you all a happy, blessed and peaceful Christmas.
From Alison Wedgbury, who has just completed 14 months at Sheldon, comes this:
Doing healthy ministry together: the Sheldon Hub
The Hub is an ambitious, online, collaborative resource for mutual care by and for people in ministry. The conversations are rich, honest and real, some light-hearted, others full of pain that is hard to share locally. Every part of the Hub is carefully moderated and continually growing:
- Online forums as space to ‘talk’: anonymously, or using a screen name or real name. www.sheldonhub.org
- If your role is to support people in ministry, encourage them to join.
The Hub is hosted by the Sheldon Community www.sheldon.uk.com. We have 30+ years of supporting people at our retreat in Devon and of being a trusted critical friend of the church. The privacy of Hub members is paramount.
- A library of unique personal reflection videos, articles, shared policies and resources.
- Live listings of useful people and places to help people find professional help when needed.
- Who can join? Full access is for those in ordained (or full time stipendiary lay) ministry, their spouses, in training or retired from ministry. There is also a ‘Provider’ level of membership for professionals/organisations who offer services from therapy to coaching, supervision to legal advice, grants to retreats.
- If you’re eligible come and join the Sheldon Hub today at www.sheldonhub.org
Jesse Ratcliff, the Lay Ministry Officer for Lincoln Diocese, is setting up a WhatsApp group for people engaged in similar roles across the Church of England. The idea is that it is an opportunity to network, support each other and share good practice. If you are interested in joining, just download the app (if you haven’t already got it) and send your mobile phone number to him on firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can invite you to the closed group.
Joanna Cox has shared a resource which she has found useful, giving an overview of a number of models of participation which could be relevant to many of us in our work. The resources is at http://www.nonformality.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Participation-Models-20110703.pdf although you may need to cut and paste the link into your browser as I’m having some technical issues with it!