It has been a really busy few months since Diocesan Conference shot us at some pace into transition!
As promised a team has been put together to work within the new LMAs our new Transition Companions are Revd John Hancock and Mr Simon Thane both of whom have much experience in management and in particular change, Mr Howard Llewellyn our newly appointed Diocesan Secretary play a consultative part on the team as the need arises.
As a team we are committed to working with ministers and congregations to make our changes as smooth as possible, ensuring our movements are as transparent as possible and all who want to talk about the changes in their churches have the opportunity to do so and to ask questions. We have completed a Handbook which will be availables to take home from discussions and can then be referred to, it can be difficult to retain all of the information at long meetings so we hope this will be a useful tool.
The most recent Bishops Ad Clerum has ensured that all areas have access to the timetable for change I am currently working with the first cohort of LMAs our aim to have them licensed and functioning in their new capacity by September this year.
The Bishops team are currently working on names for specific areas; we already have a number of pre-existing LMA titles but two of the most recent are Greater Dewisland, licensed a few weeks ago and being led by LMA Dean Revd Mike Rowlands, and the first of our new LMAs licensed last December Bro Lliedi led by LMA Dean Revd Canon Huw Mosford.
As the LMA Dean is a new position within the Diocese, as with all new positions, it is the Bishops responsibility to appoint and so she is prayerfully working on this and will be contacting potential Deans by the usual official means when she has discerned these appointments.
I would be happy to hear from any areas who would like some support as they begin to think about how moving into larger working and worshipping areas might work for them or PCCs who would like some clarification on how the new structure will work in comparison to the old parish system. Perhaps you’d like some guidance on how you can be proactive in your LMA?
The more we prepare the more information we can share within our churches and communities the easier it will be to make these changes- please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions you might have, or as I say if I can come to begin conversations within church life Id be more than happy to do so, the first step towards something new is always the hardest.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Your Sister in Christ Marianne
Revd Marianne Osborne
Transition Missioner & LMA Development Officer
Priest In Charge of Prendergast, Rudbaxton & Uzmaston