First Post of Primary Responsibility Programme
This programme is for Clergy & Lay Ministers who have taken on a post of Primary Responsibility for the first time during the preceding eighteen months.
Participants have the opportunity to consider in-depth the priorities involved in fulfilling the Primary Responsibility role, including: leading change, care & self-care, as well as some of the practicalities of buildings, finance and legal responsibilities.
The programme is delivered through a 12-month modular programme, comprised of:
- two 24hr Residentials at Stratford Manor Hotel
- 5 online sessions interspersed with 6 online Reflective Practice Groups
This programme is hosted by the Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce (Birmingham Diocese) and the Revd Dr Jeanette Hartwell (Lichfield Diocese) and includes input from a range of specialist Speakers drawn from across the West Midlands region.
Who is it for?
This programme is for Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers who have taken on a post of Primary Responsibility in the past eighteen months:
- those serving in Primary Responsibility for the first time;
- those returning to Primary Responsibility after service in other roles like Chaplaincy;
- those having trained initially in other Anglican Provinces who are taking-up a role of Primary Responsibility in the Church of England for the first time.
‘Primary Responsibility’ is a general term which covers a range of role-titles and responsibilities, including Incumbent (Vicar, Rector, Priest-in-Charge), Associate Minister, Team Rector and Team Vicar, Lay Minister-in-Charge.
This is an annual programme. The next start date 5th October 2023. It is important that Participants can commit to all the planned sessions.
|Module A1||MP;JH MP; JH||Grounding Priesthood in Primary Responsibility:Contexts in plenary; person through symbolic objects in small group;Reflecting on Professional Conduct as ethos; Praying the Parishes.||Wednesday 4th October – Thursday 5th October 2023||26 hours: 12noon-2pm||Overnight Residential: Stratford Manor Hotel (1)|
|Reflective Practice Group 1||Theme: Reflecting on parish contexts||Members agree date||**||Zoom|
|Module A2||MP; JH Sandra Cobbin||Care and Self-Care in Primary Responsibility Roles (A)Taking responsibility;identifying care and support systems.||Thursday 23rd November 2023||10am- 3.30pm||Zoom|
|Reflective Practice Group 2||Theme: support systems||Members agree date||**||Zoom|
|Module A3||MP; JH Sandra Cobbin||Care and Self-Care in Primary Responsibility Roles (B)Leading Change and Transforming Conflict.||Thursday 11th January 2024||10am- 3.30pm||Zoom|
|Reflective Practice Group 3||Theme: change and conflict||Members agree date||**||Zoom|
|Module A4||MP; JH Sandra Cobbin||Care and Self-Care in Primary Responsibility Roles (C)Reflection Day on THRIVING in Primary Responsibility.||Thursday 14th March 2024||10am- 3.30pm||Zoom|
|Reflective Practice Group 4||Theme: Sabbath and Flexible time||Members agree date||**||Zoom|
|Module A5||MP; JH AM: Registrar (Vicki Simpson) PM: Church Buildings Officer (Ian Simpson)||What every Incumbent needs to know: Law and Fabric Administrative Responsibilities in Primary Responsibility regarding Canon Law, Regulations; Fabric & Carbon Neutral agenda.||
Thursday 18th April 2024
|Reflective Practice Group 1||Theme: Handling Regulations /Buildings||Members agree date||**||Zoom|
MP; JH AM:Finance Director PM:Stewardship
|What every Incumbent needs to know: Finance and Stewardship Financial Oversight; Fostering Generosity and Supporting Stewardship||
Thursday 6th June 2024
|Reflective Practice Group 2||Theme: Handling Finance||Members agree date||**||Zoom|
|Module A7||MP; JH Archdeacon (Jenny Tomlinson)||Inhabiting Priesthood in Primary Responsibility: Interpreting Responsibilities – Archdeacon’s Quiz; Sustaining Spirituality in Role.||Tuesday 1st October – Wednesday 2nd October 2023||26 hours: 12noon-2pm||Overnight Residential at Stratford Manor Hotel (2)|
Online via Zoom & at Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0PY
Programme fees will be borne by your Diocese. Travel costs are chargeable to your PCC.
What do I do now?
If you wish to find out more about this programme, please contact your Diocesan CMD Officer or Administrator who will send you further details and a link to the online registration. You can find their details under the Contact tab.