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Last updated 21st November 2019

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Where can I get help with Vision 2026? 

There is lots of advice and assistance readily   available 24/7 on the relevant pages of this website and the Diocesan Board of Education website.

Explore the ‘Vision 2026’ tab on the homepage of this site, as it has links to background information, other details and a Vision Champions’ resources section. But if you have a question or need some advice then the teams introduced below are all available to support parishes in implementing the Vision - they’d be delighted to hear from you. 

A longer version of the information on this page can be found in this document


Vision 2026  

Whether your parish has embraced Vision 2026 or is still grappling with what it means for your church then please contact Carolyn Barton, the Vision Coordinator. Carolyn can offer support in discerning how to implement the Vision in your local context; help with the recruitment and development of Vision Champions or provide guidance on where to turn for advice, support and funding for new ideas and projects. Carolyn is also available to come to speak at your PCC or any other church meeting to support you in promoting and growing healthy churches that transform communities.  

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Vision Planning 

Vision Companions

If you are developing your parish vision or looking at Vision Action Planning, the Vision Companions Team can help. The Companions are ordinary church leaders both ordained and lay, with practical experience of applying Vision 2026 at parish level. They can provide advice, mentoring, new ideas, an effective sounding board and can walk with parishes through the vision planning process or offer help at key points like PCC awaydays.  

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  •  ‘How to do Mission Action Planning: Prayer, Planning and Process’ (2nd Edition) is a great place to start and to refer to throughout the process of Vision Action Planning. It was written by Archdeacon of Blackburn, The Venerable Mark Ireland with Mike Chew, who is one of our Vision Companions.  
  • Healthy Churches Toolkit: This useful pack is designed to enable churches to ‘assess their health’ against six qualities shown in research to be fundamental to church health and growth. The toolkit is designed for a whole church to use - perhaps as part of a healthy churches away day. Both the long and short versions can be found here.  

Making Disciples 

Discipleship

For support and ideas in helping your parish to get to know the Bible better and to grow in praying with greater depth and urgency, contact the Diocesan Director of Discipleship Ruth Hassall.  Ruth is also available to preach, lead away days and provide training on a whole range of discipleship subjects. 

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  • ‘Knowing the Scriptures Better’: A focussed six-week study booklet which Ruth has developed. Available for free from the Diocesan offices, please e-mail siobhan.trickett@blackburn.anglican.org 
  • ‘Pathways to Prayer’: Courses which are a wonderful opportunity for all people of every tradition to explore fresh perspectives and styles of prayer, contemplation and meditation through a diverse range of workshops. If you’d like to explore this further please contact Gill Ireland (gillyireland@gmail.com) or Tricia Impey (patriciaimpey@btinterent.com)  
  • ‘Bishop’s Bible Challenge’: Learn key veres and create an 'internal treasure store' of the promises and commands of God. The verses can be sent to you daily through signing up for the Diocesan Daily Prayers e-mails – further details to be found at here
  • Whalley Abbey. Did you know that your parish can use Whalley Abbey for one day per year for free for a meeting or retreat? There is also a full retreat programme, running throughout the year. More details: www.whalleyabbey.org 
  • Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Direction is on offer to anyone throughout the diocese, lay and ordained. Please contact the Warden of Spiritual Direction, Rev. Nick Mansfield on email nickthevic1@gmail.com or by phoning 01772 742367.  
  • Giving of time, talents and treasures. For support in helping your church to think about stewardship and encouraging people to review their giving and join planned giving schemes, contact Stewardship Resourcing Officer, Stephanie Rankin.  

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  • Parish Situation Report’: Stephanie is available to come and meet with your PCC and help you think through your current situation and how you could run a stewardship programme that works for you. 
  • Contactless giving and online giving: Fewer people today carry cash and we need to make sure that we make it easy for visitors who wish to give.  Stephanie can provide information and demonstrate the current options. 
  • ‘Generosity, Gift and Grace’ course: This video-based course is designed to encourage us to grow as disciples by thinking about giving generously of our time, talents and money. The course is available to all churches. Read more here. 

Being Witnesses 

Sharing the Gospel of Salvation with confidence

The Being Witnesses team would love to support you in: 

  • Widening the demographic – all ages and backgrounds hearing the gospel of Jesus 
  • Making most of 'occasional offices' (baptisms, weddings, funerals) and confirmations 
  • Engaging with all spheres of society (eg the Diocesan Ministry of Sport team – contact ministryofsport@blackburn.anglican.org) 
  • Missing dimensions of salvation – healing and deliverance 
  • Meeting human need: actions as well as words ... for ideas contact Gill Beeley at Together Lancashire at gillian.beeley@together-lancashire.org.uk  
  • New local congregations and strategic church plants 
    • A key way of reaching new people nationally and internationally is through the starting up of a New Local Congregation. Recently the Diocese has appointed a ‘New Congregations Coach’, Canon David Gibb, to support parishes with this and he can be contacted by emailing david.gibb@blackburn.anglican.org. Bishop Jill is keen to hear from and support any parish exploring this area of work.

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Growing Leaders 

Support for you as you discern God's calling on your life ... 

  • Vocations. The Growing Leaders team wants to work with everyone, ordained and lay, to help them to discern who God is calling them to be within the church and beyond or in other words to discover their ‘vocation’.
  • Training. A regular programme of training courses is offered by the Growing Leaders Team in order to support both lay and ordained church members to identify and nurture their gifts.
  • Routes of Faith course. A modular course offered by the Diocese. For further information take a look here.
  • Additional courses: Pastoral Skills, Occasional Preachers, Leading Worship, Leading Small groups and ‘SHAPE’ courses are among the courses regularly delivered across the Diocese by the Growing Leaders team.   

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Children and Young People 

Children 

Whether you’re new to children’s work or have been doing it for years and are looking for fresh ideas the Children’s Work team would be delighted to support you.  

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  • Resources: You will find an inspiring and expanding range of resources available to download for free from the Board of Education website (see above) including weekly lectionary-based material and resources for working with under-5s. 
  • Annual Conference: The annual Children’s Ministry Conference takes place in the sprin