The Department for Apostolic Life brings together several areas of responsibility at Church House whose primary aim is to support parishes and individuals in their ‘apostolic’ life and ‘mission’ activities.
The overall team is headed by the Revd Canon Rebecca Swyer, and the principal areas of support include:
- Youth, children and family work
- Lay ministry
- Ordained ministry
- Parish life
Director for Apostolic Life
Head of department, encompassing the Director of Ministry role. Rebecca has oversight of the training and assessment of curates (IME 2), support for curates moving to a post of first responsibility and of initial and ongoing training and support for Training Incumbents.
Parish Development Officer and Deputy Director for Apostolic Life
Deputy head of department. Rob works with churches and PCCs in several ways: producing a vision for the future; PCC / leadership team training; 1 to 1 coaching and consultancy on managing change within the parish; consultancy around church growth and apostolic partnerships and the implementation of the Diocesan Strategy.
Administrative role supporting the Director and Deputy Director for Apostolic Life
Parish Advisor (Finance, Stewardship and Governance)
John provides: information on strategic stewardship initiatives, information and awareness of the Parish Giving Scheme; assistance with resources and signing-up for PGS; information and awareness of contactless giving as a future replacement for cash giving and information and awareness of legacy giving. John also operates a help-line for PCC members to answer questions on finance, governance and stewardship.
Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO)
Keir has oversight of the discernment and selection process for those exploring a call to ordained ministry or the religious life. He offers advice to incumbents and encouragement to congregations about this. He has oversight of the initial training and formation of ordinands (IME 1) and diocesan and national strategies and events concerned with vocations to ordained ministry.
Paul encourages and supports candidates at the early stages of exploring their calling, working collaboratively with the DDO and Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry. He also works as an Assistant DDO.
PA to DDO:
PA to the DDO and Deputy DDO. Wendy also prepares BAP grant applications and additional funding for Ordinands in training.
Young Vocations Officer:
Robert supports younger candidates exploring a possible vocation to ordained ministry and works as an Assistant DDO.
Officer for Lay Vocations and Ministry
Jayne oversees the Living Faith discipleship course and the selection, training and resourcing for Readers and Authorised Lay Ministries. She works collaboratively with the Parish Development Officer in the support and resourcing for parish lay champions (from the Setting God’s People Free initiative).
PA to Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry and Diocesan Youth Officer
Administrative support for Lay Vocation and Ministry, and for Youth and Children. Samantha also oversees the process of authorising Lay Ministers of Holy Communion.
Diocesan Youth Officer:
Dan runs May Camp and Mini May Camp and offers one to one support for churches and youth workers in relation to strategy and funding (including the Mission Fund) and a range of training events relating to youth work. He produces a regular e-news list and has a lending library of books, games and large play resources.
Children and Family Work Adviser:
Irene offers training, support and consultancy for ministry amongst children (birth to 11 years) and families including but not limited to Godly play, messy church, church in a box, family/all age worship. She produces a regular e-bulletin for this area of work.
Head of Wellbeing for Clergy and Families:
Nicola oversees our provision of free therapeutic mental health and well-being support for clergy, their partners and families via one to one counselling or group work e.g. RPG’s (Reflective Practice Groups). We offer psycho-educational training in stress management, anxiety and depression and how to maintain self-esteem. A dedicated area of the website offers links to external organisations on a wide range of topics.
Earl organises and delivers a range of appropriate training courses for clergy in response to ministerial objectives identified through MDR.
MDR and CMD Administrator:
Ruth administers the Ministerial Development Review (MDR) scheme for all licensed clergy, grants for clergy to attend training events/conferences and to undertake courses of study, Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL) and Study Leave. She produces a Training Brochure that includes courses and study days for clergy and licensed lay ministers.
Diocesan Environmental Officer: