Latest news from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/ Latest news from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute en-gb http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss rtCMS ryan@rtnetworks.net ryan@rtnetworks.net theologicalinstitute.ie Featherstonhaugh Seminar Series http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Featherstonhaugh-Seminar-Series Featherstonhaugh Seminar Series, 18 October 2017
‘For the equipping of all God’s people: the practice and purpose of Christian leadership’

Revd Ian Parkinson, Leadership Specialist with CPAS.


Ordinands, Derek Harrington and Christopher West, reflect on the first seminar in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute’s Featherstonhaugh Series.

“The task of ministry is to raise up leaders … while the business of leaders is to give ministry away.” Ian shared the particular calling of a leader in ministry as one where, in a sense, they are essentially to work themselves out of a job. That is to say, there is a need to create an environment whereby the work of ministry continues beyond the moving on of leaders. In expanding on what this might look like in practice, he then took us on a journey through the various theological and practical concerns around leadership within the Church, highlighting various key priorities in leadership, before finally zooming in on Jesus’ model for growing leaders.

Theological & Practical Concerns
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12 that there is a need to understand the Church as the body of Christ, where each and every one has an important role to play as part of that body. We need to be aware of the particular role of leaders within the Church, who are called to ‘equip the people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up’ (Ephesians 4.12). All in the body should be encouraged to recognise where they are able to serve according to the gifts given them. Leaders themselves must have a firm self–understanding of their role and the particular responsibility that comes with that, so as to ‘present everyone fully mature in Christ’ (Colossians 1.28).

Even the most competent leaders have limitations: the answer is not to try harder as a leader in such circumstances, but to find people more suited to the particular task. Raising up others to various roles of leadership enable the work of ministry to be extended. Leaders should seek to equip, resource, develop and encourage fellow disciples to share their stories and their faith with others in various contexts. In addition, people need to be given an appetite for serving, and opportunities in which to serve. Too many churches work with a ‘hand–to–mouth’ mode of operation in ministry. Church leaders should seek to actively ensure continuity so as to enable succession in ministry during periods of transition.

Leadership Priorities
1. Establish a developmental culture:
Leaders must be cultural influencers and cultural transmitters in order to model the cultural changes that need to take place;
2. Envision the whole church in the privilege of whole–life discipleship:
We need to set people free to ‘dream dreams’ within their own context so that they can find natural and creative ways in which to minister the grace of Christ to others in their workplace;
3. Form strategies for growing and developing leaders:
For this, we need look no further than the ministry of Jesus himself.


Ian’s seminar combined wisdom and understanding. He presented a wonderful vision for change that integrated deep thinking with biblical study and practical advice for equipping the people of God.

The next seminar will take place on 17 January 2018 at 3pm and will be given by Professor Neville Cox, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin.


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MTh Commencements http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/MTh-Commencements

Well done to all those students who graduated from CITI on Thursday 09 November.  

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/MTh-Commencements Rhiannon Carey Bates
Ordination of Berni McAvoy http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Ordination-of-Berni-McAvoy

The staff at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute were delighted to witness the ordination as deacon of Bernie McAvoy. We all wish her the very best for the future.

 

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Follow-Us-On-Instagram Rhiannon Carey Bates
Ordination of Deacons http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Ordinations-of-Deacons Interns at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute were ordained as Deacons this summer

 

Will

Rev William Jeffrey (Down & Dromore).

 

Alison

Left to right: Mr Adrian Irvine (Alison’s brother), Bishop Pat Storey, Mr John Irvine (Alison’s father) and the Rev Alison Irvine.

 

Andy Irwin

Rev Andrew Irwin (Down & Dromore).

 

Lindsay

Rev Lindsay Farrell and Rev David Moses with the Bishop of Clogher, John McDowell.

 

Daivd

Rev David McComb (Armagh).

 

Ian Mills Heather

From left: Archdeacon Stephen McBride, Ian Mills, the Rev Stephen Fielding (rector of Agherton), Bishop Alan Abernethy, the Rev Clifford Skillen (Bishop’s Chaplain), Heather Cooke, Archdeacon Stephen Forde, Canon James Carson (Minister in Charge, Church of Ireland Lower Shankill.

 

Maithre

Rev Maithrie White–Dundas (Down & Dromore).

 

sean

The Rev Seán Hanily, Archbishop Michael Jackson and Fr Marc Whelan.

stuart Reid

Rev Derek Harrington, Ken Good, Bishop of Derry & Raphoe & Rev Stuart Reid.

 

trevor

 Rev Trevor Sargent and Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Ordinations-of-Deacons Rhiannon Carey Bates
Ordinations to the Priesthood http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Ordinations-to-the-pristhood-2017 The Church of Ireland Theological Institute saw the ordination to the priesthood of the following Deacon Interns

 

stuart moles

Bishop Harold Miller (Diocese of Down & Dromore), Rev Christopher St John, Rev Mark Gallagher, Rev Stuart Moles and Bishop Greg Venables.

 

Danielle

The Rev Clifford Skillen (Bishop’s Chaplain), Archdeacon Stephen McBride, Rev Danielle McCullagh, Archdeacon Stephen Forde, Bishop Alan Abernethy (Diocese of Connor) and Dean Sam Wright.

 

lucy burden

The Revd Lucy Burden (third left) and the Revd Geoff Hamilton (third right) were ordained priests by Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh.

 

nigel cairns

The Bishop of Derry & Raphoe, the Rt Rev Ken Good (centre) with, the Very Rev Raymond Stewart (Dean of Derry), Rev Nigel Cairns, Rev Carmen Hayes (Bishop’s Chaplain), Rev Liz Fitzgerald, Rev Robert Wray, the Ven David Huss (Archdeacon of Raphoe), Rev Jonathan McFarland and Rev Rhys Jones.

 

Rebecca

Dean Dermot Dunne, Rev Ross Styles, Archbishop Michael Jackson, Rev Rebecca Guildea, Canon David Mungavin and Archdeacon David Pierpoint.

 

Richard Beadle

Front row: Revd Ken Gibson, Rev Richard Waller, Rev Richard Beadle, Rev Simon Scott. Back row (left to right): Dean Nigel Crossey, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh, Ferran Glenfield, the Ven Craig McCauley, the Ven Isaac Hanna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Ordinations-to-the-pristhood-2017 Rhiannon Carey Bates
Commons at Trinity College, Dublin http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Commons-at-Trinity-College-Dublin Staff and students at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute attended Commons in Trinity College Dublin on 21 March, 2017.

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Commons-at-Trinity-College-Dublin Rhiannon Carey Bates
Diocesan Clergy Conference in Kajiado http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Diocesan-Clergy-Conference-in-Kajiado

This is the Diocesan Clergy Conference in Kajiado where Maurice Elliott was giving the teaching and then preaching in the cathedral.

Pictured are Ronnie Briggs, Maurice Elliott, Bishop Gaddiel Lenini, Ven Naftaly Lemooke, Maggie Briggs. The Brigg’s are CMS Ireland Mission Partners who hosted Maurice Elliott and organised the visit. Maftaly acted as Swahili interpreter for all of Maurice’s sessions.  

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/Diocesan-Clergy-Conference-in-Kajiado Rhiannon Carey Bates
CITI Weddings http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/CITI-Weddings Hanily wedding cake

 

On 26 July 2017 one of our intern deacons, Sean Hanily, married Cherith Gardiner in St James parish church, Crinkin.

Another of our deacon interns, Derek Harrington, married Anne–Marie Bolton in France on 5 August 2017.

 

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/CITI-Weddings Rhiannon Carey Bates
CITI New Seminar Series http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/CITI-New-Seminar-Series A new biennial seminar series will commence this October at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

The theme for the series is ‘Ministry in a Contemporary Context’.

The programme for the first year is as follows:

WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017:

Revd Ian Parkinson, Leadership Specialist at CPAS, the Anglican Mission Agency
‘For the equipping of all God’s people: the practice and purpose of Christian leadership’

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2018:

Prof. Neville Cox, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
 ‘Religion, law and the clash with RightsTalk’

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018:

Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
 ‘Intentional discipleship in the local parish’


Speakers in the second year will include:

Revd Dr Andy Angel, Vicar of St Andrew’s, Burgess Hill, Brighton 
Rt Revd and Rt Hon. Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge 
Canon Dr George Lings, Former Director of the Research Unit, Church Army 

 

This is a free event and open to the public but due to a limited number of spaces we request that you register your interest by emailing our administration.

Download the poster HERE

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Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT http://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/CITI-New-Seminar-Series Rhiannon Carey Bates