Partnership is a support network, to encourage and strengthen local churches. It does this particularly through networking and training leaders in local areas, providing practical support and advice to leaders, staff workers and churches, and producing publications.
Perspectives is a 72-page magazine, appearing 3 times a year. Each issue is on a theme relevant to local church leadership and activity, and a resource for church leaders and training.
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Welcome to Andrew Conlan Andrew Conlan joins Partnership as the Regional Co-ordinator for the West region in the England. He will support the local networking between church leaders and others who are active in church life.
Andrew & Kim met, were baptised and married at Alum Rock Gospel Hall, Birmingham. They retain some links with the city including Andrew’s long-suffering support of the Blues. After Andrew had qualified as an accountant they were volunteers with CMS in Tanzania for a couple of years and later moved to Chard, Somerset returning to their church roots at Combe St Evangelical, now Forefront Community Church. Andrew was part of the leadership for most of the 25 years we were in Chard.
After taking early retirement from accountancy in 2007 he was employed by the church as Team Leader while doing a part time Masters at Moorlands in ‘Christian Leadership’. In 2013 they moved to Gloucester to work with Abbey Church. It is a key aim of the Regional Co-ordinators to bring local clusters into being, but the intention is that the clusters are led by local steering groups or individuals who know the needs in their areas and can shape the local programme of events. If you are in the west of England and want to be involved,
"It was a joy to welcome new Pastor, Tim Goodall, who started his ministry on May 1. This follows a period of nearly four years since our last Pastor moved on – a period in which we have learnt a great deal.
One of our main concerns has been to find ways of building closer relationships with the many warm contacts we have in the local community. These grow from a pre-school, mid-week clubs and the work of Youth and Community Pastor, James Bell. For some months we had been thinking and praying about the possibility of Messy Church. On April 9 we launched, following on from a holiday club which attracted over 50 children. We had little idea what to expect. In the event 80 people who would not normally be present at church activities came for two hours of varied craft, songs, a short talk and food. The response was enthusiastic, with all wanting more. It’s demanding with a lot of work required but rewarding, creating a space for people who would not attend a ‘normal’ service. We now aim to make it a regular feature of church life."