Lyn Dafis reports on the use of the ‘Growing teams’ course in the Bro Padarn Local Ministry Area

As our diocese continues to establish and develop ministry areas it is becoming more obvious that this means a significant change in our way of thinking and of doing things. The patterns of ministry and service that have been relatively constant over the years are being restructured and reimagined as part of our strategy for Growing Hope.

This change is going to affect all who are part of our church communities and that includes ministers.

To a large extent ministers — both ordained as well as lay have been working on their own up to now. But as our strategy for the ministry says, “We will not work effectively, however, without co-ordination, mutual support and the sharing of experience, ideas and insight.” In order to do so must learn what is it to share and work together as part of a team.

The Bro Padarn Local Ministry Area — consisting of parishes situated north and east of Aberystwyth – [was created] in 2016. As the ministry area was established a new ministry team was also formed of ordained ministers including stipendiary, non-stipendiary and local, along with licensed lay ministers and retired clergy. If the members of this new team were going to support one another other and share experiences, ideas and insights then we needed to understand and learn how could happen.

So under the direction of local ministry area leader, Revd Andrew Loat, all of the ministers were invited to participate in Growing Teams course. This course was developed originally by a diocese in England and has been adopted by St. Davids as a means of learning how a group of individuals can build and develop relationships as a team. The course was based on the findings of Professor John Adair who is one of the leading academics in the field of leadership and team working.

I’m sure most of us would consider much of what is learned on this course as common sense. The course consists of five sessions, each led by different members of the ministry team. What made the experience a valuable one was that, as ministers in the ministry area, we got to know one another better, to understand one another better, and learnt what everyone’s strengths and contributions to the team could be. Hopefully this will enable us to work better and more effectively together so that, with God’s help, we will be part of revitalising our churches and rejuvenating people.