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Church 21 Parish Development Conference

Church 21Church 21 is organising a major Parish Development Conference in Dublin in March. The conference, which aims to help parishes to develop, takes place in the Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, on Saturday March 25 from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

The Revd Ian Coffey, Director of Leadership Training at Moorlands College, and internationally renowned speaker, will be the facilitator and areas covered will include: Getting from A to B, Harnessing Frustration, Turning Dreams into Reality and Stepping Stones of Parish Development.

In addition, participants will be learning from churches who have embarked on their own journeys of development in very different contexts.

Church 21 is encouraging parishes to send one ordained leader and at least four people. Of those attending they say that, ideally, one will be under 45 and one under 25. The subsidised cost per person is €18 which includes coffee and lunch.

For further information see the Church 21 website:

The Parish Development Working Group is a sub–committee of the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. The members are all volunteers rooted in the life the church and with a wide variety of experience and a commitment to keep learning and growing through the Church 21 process.

Church 21 is about enabling parishes to develop: a clearer sense of direction, a clarity of focus on priorities, a commitment to collaborative leadership and confidence for the future. The process recognises that each parish is at a different stage of development and allows the parish?to evaluate its own needs and to set its own agenda. Sharing the journey with other parishes offers a creative stimulus and an added degree of motivation

Date: 2017-03-25
Start: 10.00 am
Cost: €18
Venue: Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords

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