Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence is the way in which the Diocese of Leeds wants to support churches to move forward in mission, ministry and sustainability, in a way that is prayerful, intentional and, within the grace of God, possible.
Barnabas offers every church resources and support at different levels, with a view to us all working towards the diocesan vision of Confident Christians, Growing Churches, Transforming Communities.
Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence helps us to:
- Be Confident in our Mission - Supporting churches to become confident in their use of their building, financial and time resources; and creating more opportunities to be Good News in our communities.
- Be Confident in our Future - Ensuring our levels of clergy deployment are fit for the future and are affordable. Barnabas enables us to make deployment decisions in a mission-led way, which can give clergy and churches the confidence that the Diocese is committed to their thriving in an overall financially sustainable structure.
- Be Confident in our Leadership - Giving significant and specific support around leadership and mentoring in the church, both for clergy in their roles, but also for church teams moving forward in mission.
- Be Confident in our Witness - Encouraging support for clergy and for churches to be confident in living and telling the Good News of Jesus in a rapidly changing world.
There are 7 streams of support that Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence offers to churches and those who take responsibility for them:
It All Starts With Prayer
Leadership Development for Clergy
Our Next Steps in Mission
Starting a New Congregation
Help with Buildings
Stewardship and Treasury Support
Help with Governance