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Strengthening Estates Ministry: Thriving in Mission
Author: Al Barrett
Al Barrett has been a parish priest in different parts of the Diocese of Birmingham for the past nine years. He is currently Priest-in-Charge of St Philip & St James, Hodge Hill (Local Ecumenical Project), and has begun doctoral research in practical theology, focussing on community regeneration and ‘political liturgy’ in outer urban estates.
Andy Delmege has been a parish priest in the outer estates of Birmingham for the past ten years. He is currently Vicar of St Bede, Brandwood and Priest-in-Charge of St Gabriel, Weoley Castle. He is a Priest Associate of the Community and the Convenor of ‘Strengthening Estates Ministry’.
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‘Strengthening Estates Ministry’ is a group for clergy and church community workers ministering in the outer estates of Birmingham Diocese. ‘Thriving in Mission’ is the Report in August 2011 of the first 24-hour residential conference of the Birmingham Diocese ‘Strengthening Estates Ministry’ group at Offa House near Leamington Spa, March 2011. The conference, funded by the Church Urban Fund, was attended by 15 parish clergy and pioneer ministers, 4 diocesan officers and the Bishop of Aston. It was designed to be a structured conversation, allowing space for reflecting on ministry within an estate context.
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