Developing Missional Imagination

Developing Missional Imagination

For clergy and ministers of the West Midlands who want to develop and refresh their approach to mission, and to enable others to do likewise

Creative, imaginative space can be a significant catalyst for change in people’s lives. Nurturing such space can enable existing worshippers to discover a calling to participate in God’s mission, and can help others take life-changing steps towards and into faith. Imaginative space opens up opportunities for people to see things differently, and for the work of God in our lives.

The aim of this course is to help us to appreciate and understand the role of imagination in ministry and mission, and to inspire us to develop our imaginative practice. Through a combination of input (including some theory), storytelling, reflection, and small-group work, participants will be encouraged to develop their missional praxis in a way which is relevant, authentic, and well-grounded.

Input will include reflection on:

  • the Bible, mission and imagination
  • the role of imagination in shaping who we are and what we do
  • helps and hindrances to imaginative engagement
  • story, mission and personal formation

The course will be set within the context of prayer and worship.

This course will be hosted by the Revd Canon Dr Jonathan Kimber of Worcester Diocese, with additional input from guest speakers with particular relevant expertise and experience.

Who is it for?

The course is open to clergy who are in a post of primary responsibility; some who are newer in post may choose to take it a year or two after the Developing Ministry course, whilst others may be longer-established in their ministry and looking to refresh and renew their approach to mission and ministry.


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

  • gained insight and inspiration around the place of imagination in people’s faith journeys
  • gained understanding, skills and practical ideas around what helps and hinders imaginative engagement
  • benefited from a sustained opportunity to reflect on mission within your own ministerial context
  • discerned the next steps to take

The course will not be running in 2021. Future dates will be published when known. 


The course costs around £300 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.