Each year the dioceses of the Eastern Region (Chelmsford, Ely, Peterborough, St Albans and St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) hold two residential conferences (usually in October and May) for those who have been appointed to incumbency or priest in charge posts in the previous year.
In most dioceses this is part of a pattern of Clergy Ministerial Development for those new in post.
The aim of the conference is to help those newly appointed to reflect on what they discover about their new context, to discern opportunities, see how they might approach challenges, and consider how they, and those they lead, can best move forwards.
For those moving straight from a curacy, this conference is best done after the Incumbency Skills course and within a time-scale of twelve to eighteen months into a new role.
The New Posts conference is also relevant to those with prior experience as an incumbent. It offers the opportunity at around six to twelve months in, to come and discern with others a good way forward in a new context.
A Ministerial Context Analysis is undertaken prior to the conference, and most of the work is done in small groups led by a staff facilitator. To view the Ministerial Context Analysis please click here.
The conference takes place within a themed pattern of worship, with a plenary session on Change in Context. It is led and staffed by those with experience of continuing ministerial education and people with experience of church leadership. The event also offers an opportunity for mutual support through informal networking and fellowship.
The next Eastern Region New Posts conferences will take place on 10th -12th October 2017, 15th - 17th May 2018, 9th - 11th October 2018 at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Ditchingham, Suffolk.