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DIACONALLY-FOCUSED TRAINING: a message from the Principal of Queen’s Foundation

When we had our national conference in Birmingham in October, the Principal of Queens Foundation, Dr David Hewlett, attended the whole conference and announced that he’s planning to include some courses especially with deacons in mind.
Dr David Hewlett
He already has three deacons on his staff, two Methodist and one Anglican:  and the college trains Methodist deacons as well as offering general ministerial training for Anglicans and others.
Given that the vast majority of deacons get little or no diaconally-focused training, this is a real gift to the diaconate.
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I asked David if he would set down for us what he has in mind, as follows.
I encourage you to print this off and either send or take what he’s offering to your diocesan training providers, and ask them for their response.  Would they, for instance, consider sending a diaconal ordinand to Queen’s for the IME course (number 3) on diaconal identity etc?  (It will of course come down to money, but there may be different financial pockets available to cover the cost.)
Please let me know your thoughts, either in the comments section or through the deacon email deacons@tutanota.com and I’ll relay them to David for his consideration.
From David: 
What Queen’s can offer
Our experience of working with other groups in ministry is that the opportunity to gather and learn from and with each other is central to any programme.  (The consultation (* ie our October conference) demonstrated that graphically).  Gathering for learning is likely to involve residence because deacons are widely dispersed.  We have found a good pattern to be either two 2-day gatherings (one at the beginning and one near the end of a module) or 1 three day gathering. 
I have consistently heard two priorities (but think I heard a third interest at the meeting last month). 
Possible modules
1.  Learning about community engagement, building and empowerment.  This could include several elements, e.g.:
  • ministerial reflection on the practice of ministry among those who are marginalised;
  • reading mission primarily through the fourth ‘mark’ of mission;
  • the experience and self-understanding of deacons being ‘beyond’ the gathered church;
  • to gain skills of community development, using ABCD (asset-based community development) models and/or using Citizens UK models of community engagement and empowerment. 
2.  Apologetics which takes popular culture seriously and engages those who are ‘hard to reach’.  I have in mind people like Clive Marsh, Simon Sutcliffe, Robert Beckford who could stimulate creative thinking and practice.
3.  The third thing I heard at the conference, and which Paul Avis helped stimulate, was learning more about diaconal identity, its history, theology and vocation.  We don’t have anything on the books about this, but I don’t think it would be hard to put something together, and perhaps provide a basis for developing a resource for deacons in IME1.
Accreditation
For some people accreditation of learning matters and I would want to honour that.  The best way we have found to do this is to offer this learning as a post graduate certificate.  Since all deacons should have completed a diploma qualification in their initial ministerial education, all can be admitted to this level.  If someone doesn’t want to do so they don’t have to.  The model we have developed is to offer the first module as a taster: complete it, discover you can do it, and you can count it toward your PG Cert.  Complete it and realise this is not for you, and you can leave with minimal cost and no sense of failure.
Cost
If we were to offer two modules for a PG Cert, the first taster module would cost for £300 which includes accommodation for three or four nights; the second module has to be a more realistic price of £1,200, again including accommodation costs.  Deacons would have to meet their own travel costs, and if they wanted additional overnight accommodation they would need to pay a modest rate for this (£23.50 per night for B&B).
I would want to continue the conversation about whether this learning can be shared with Methodist Deacons, not only because I think it is good to enrich the group, but also because it may help form viable cohorts and keep costs down. 
How does all this sound?”
I look forward to hearing your diaconal responses! 
Gill

 

DEACONS ON THE MOVE! DAY CONFERENCE 27 OCTOBER. Book now!

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We’re so excited that this is taking place on 27 October at Queen’s Foundation College in Birmingham!  You’re warmly invited to attend, and bring any enquirers, ordinands, vocations advisers and DDOs with you!  Please do circulate them all with these details.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deacons-on-the-move-tickets-42469581662?aff=estw

Because we’ve moved to a bigger venue, more tickets are now available.   Accommodation can also be booked at Queen’s:  contact Queen’s directly at hospitality@queens.ac.uk

Here’s the programme for the day:  conference-programme-deacons-on-the-move

and copied below:

DEACONS ON THE MOVE!

National Conference for the C of E Distinctive Diaconate

The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (Frances Young Centre) 

27 October 2018 

Programme 

9.45-10.15                Coffee

10.15                       Welcome and Morning Worship with the Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham

10.30                       The Revd Professor Paul Avis:  A Flagship Ministry – Deacons and the Church’s Mission (Part 1)

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11.00                       Questions, pop-up deacons

11.15                       Paul Avis:  Part 2

11.45                       Questions

12.00                       Pop-up deacons, diaconal news:  the Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett, Principal of Queen’s Foundation College

12.30                       Lunch

13.15                       Pop-up deacon followed by discussion groups:

  1. Jessica Foster: the deacon in an inter-faith context
  2. Terry Drummond: the deacon speaking truth to power
  3. Bev Cree: the deacon connecting church and community
  4. Michael Turnbull: diaconal presence in chaplaincy
  5. Chris Saccali: the deacon, refugees & migrants
  6. Alison Handcock: the deacon and sacramental storytelling

14.00                       Pop-up deacon, followed by Panel:  questions and insights

14.30                       The way forward:  discussion followed by plenary with the Revd David Mann, DDO, diocese of York

15.15                       Pop-up deacon and closing worship, followed by tea

STOP PRESS** CHANGE OF VENUE** MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!

Because our autumn conference, Deacons on the Move, has been so over-subscribed we’ve spent the week moving venues to Queens Foundation college, about 10 minutes down the road from Woodbrooke:  http://www.queens.ac.uk/

The conference will take place in the Frances Young centre.

I’m delighted to say that the move has made lots more tickets available, so if you’ve been disappointed, please go back to the website and book – and bring other people with you!

Accommodation is also available at Queens, which you can book directly with them: hospitality@queens.ac.uk

All details here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deacons-on-the-move-tickets-42469581662?aff=estw

Please continue to pray for God’s blessing and guidance on this conference.