Celebrating Wisdom


Celebrating Wisdom

Renewing ministry for a changing church

A course for clergy and ministers of the West Midlands who want to reflect on their vision for ministry

This course is more of a workshop / retreat than a conference, and aims to encourage the recognition and celebration of the wisdom acquired through years of ministry. It also aims to enable the discernment of continuing vocation and gifts, to release energy and set free imagination for the next stage of mission and ministry.

The programme involves:

  • a regular rhythm of prayer and worship: offices, eucharist and lectio divina
  • personal reflection activities and exercises
  • extensive facilitated group work - ‘Wisdom Groups’
  • space for rest and recreation

The Wisdom Groups are central to the course, learning from experience and critical reflection upon life and our ministerial journey.

The course will be hosted by the Revd Canon Ian Bussell with a team drawn from the dioceses of the West Midlands.

Who is it for?

The programme is for those in ministry with more than 10 years of ordained experience. It is particularly valuable for those wanting to ‘take stock’ and ponder the next phase of their ministry - whether its time to move posts, shift gear, or keep on keeping on. It provides a process for reflecting on vocation and discern the future. We have a maximum of 20 participants on the course.


By the end of the course, we hope you will have gained:

  • renewal of energy for your ministry and discipleship
  • re-envisioning of your ministry in a changing church
  • encouragement to offer your skills and experience beyond the parish
  • (and perhaps, greater clarity about whether to stay, or to go!)

Upcoming dates:

This course runs annually. 

The next opportunity to participate is July 3rd - 7th 2023

Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne, Pershore WR10 3NB

Cost:    This course costs £620 per person. Your contribution would be travel only. The rest of the cost will be borne by your diocese.

What do I do now?

If you wish to find out more about this course, please contact your diocesan CMD officer or administrator who will send you further details. You can find their details under the Contact tab.