Germinate Groups are affordable rural learning communities which enable lay and ordained leaders to spend time together and learn from each other. The groups consider:
• what IS (what God is doing in our area)
• what COULD BE (the God-given vision for us)
• what WILL BE (our six-month action plan).
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I am Rector of the South Hartismere Benefice on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, near Diss and look after eight churches, 11 parishes and four primary schools. Our Benefice was invited to join the Germinate programme to engage with other similar groups to explore the challenges of rural multi-church settings.
The main advantage of the group was having a chance to get away from the Benefice to spend time reflecting, taking stock of where we are and working collaboratively to identify our burning issues. There was also an opportunity to listen attentively to each other, and to the other groups, as well as sharing ideas and offering encouragement.
It has helped us to sharpen the vision and strategic plan that we had already begun, and gave us the courage to think about how we could do things differently, set priorities and begin to identify the things we might have to let go of. I enjoyed the groups and all of us got a great deal out of it, particularly having time away together and being with other people who were in the same situation. The materials, delivery and practical exercises were excellent.
This programme is suitable for anyone who wants to explore ways of making large multi-parish Benefice ministry more manageable, focussed and collaborative and I would recommend it. The Revd Canon Julia Lall