Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Warm Welcome for Judy Hirst

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Warm Welcome for Judy Hirst

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JUDY Hirst comes with an impressive history. Director of Ministerial Formation at Cranmer Hall in Durham and lecturer in pastoral ministry, Bishop's Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling, associate vicar at St. Oswald's in Durham - "teaching and training has been a key part of my ministry" she says.

Now Judy is the new face of "collaborative ministry" in the Newcastle and Durham dioceses - and if you're unsure what that might be, or how it might affect the folk in the pews, here's her explanation:

"Collaborative ministry means encouraging and enabling each and every person of the body of Christ in that particular place to be involved with the ministry of the local church,"she says. "My hope is that I will help people to believe in the gifts God has given them, offer them the space to work out what their purpose might be, and then help them decide on their priorities. Ministry is for everyone, not just the clergy."

In Newcastle, the term is "local ministry" and in Durham the phrase "shared ministry" sums up this way of working, but both mean the same thing. Local ministry development groups and teams, both dioceses have agreed, represent a positive way forward for many parishes and Judy's task is "to help the congregation to discern their gifts and work out with them what the whole people together are being called to be and do - then to be a facilitator of the process."

She doesn't underestimate the challenge. "It's a sharing of leadership and of function," she says, "And that can be difficult for those who've seen themselves as the leader, the definer, as being in charge. In local ministry development teams, a group will share leadership and responsibility with the vicar. They may be a 'doing' group but they will certainly be a praying group, studying the Scriptures, helping the church discern the way ahead, and enabling it to move forward. …

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