The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy and a team from the diocese visited Church Army’s home in Sheffield for a two–day residential to reimagine evangelism in the diocese.
Our photo shows, from left to right: Mark Russell (Church Army CEO), Canon Sam Wright (Rector of Lisburn Cathedral), Trevor Douglas (Diocesan Development Officer), the Bishop of Connor, Roy Totten (Bishop’s Council and Vice President of Church Army), George Lings (Director of Church Army’s Research Unit), Neville Willerton (Church Army Operations Manager), Ven Stephen Forde (Archdeacon of Dalriada).
During their visit to the Wilson Carlile Centre, the team met with Church Army’s CEO, Mark Russell, Deputy Chief Executive, Des Scott and Operations Manager, Neville Willerton, to think and dream about new models of ministry. They also took part in a session on fresh expressions of church in challenging urban areas led by staff from Church Army’s Research Unit.
The team visited pioneering projects in Sheffield including Church Army Evangelist Clynt French on the Wyburn housing estate and the Eden Network in Firvale.
Bishop Alan said: “We are very grateful for the welcome, hospitality and grace we have experienced in our time with Church Army in Sheffield. They are such a gift to the whole church of God, but in particular we are enriched by their partnership with us in the mission of God in Connor.”
Mark Russell said: “It is such a joy to welcome Bishop Alan and the team from Connor Diocese. It’s been such an exciting and energising few days to think and dream about new models of ministry and evangelism. Church Army deeply values our strong partnership with the Diocese of Connor.”