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

The course places particular emphasis on the role that imagination can play: in the lives of ministers, of worshippers, of those not currently part of worshipping communities, and also within ministry and mission.

The aim of the course is to inspire participants to develop their own missional imaginations and the missional imaginations of others within their ministerial contexts. Through a combination of input, 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 and mission
  • the role of imagination in shaping who we are and what we do
  • helps and hindrances to imaginative engagement
  • intercultural mission dynamics
  • story and mission

The course will be set within the context of prayer.

In advance of the course, participants will be asked to engage in some brief preparatory reflection, and (if at all possible) to read a novel (which will be provided). In order to ground the learning, participants will be encouraged to choose an area on which to focus between the two residentials; this may relate to an existing aspect of their ministry or to a new piece of work. At the second residential, participants will be asked to share and reflect on their learning over the past few months with a small group.

This course will be hosted by the Revd Canon Dr Jonathan Kimber and the Revd Sarah Fenby 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 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
  • gained the confidence to encourage other people to develop their missional imagination
  • discerned the next steps to take in mission

Upcoming dates:

  • January 2019 – participants to complete a short preparation exercise
  • 11 - 14 February 2019 four-day residential conference, beginning with lunch at 1300 on 11th February and concluding with lunch on 14th February
  • February - June – participants to focus on a particular area within their ministerial contexts
  • 3 - 4 July 2019 – 24 hour residential conference, beginning shortly before lunch at 1300 on 3 July and concluding with lunch on 4 July


Holland House, Main Street, Cropthorne, Worcestershire, WR10 3NB


The course costs around £600 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.