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‘Leading your Church into Growth’ for Urban Estates Churches
November 11, 2017, 12:35 pm
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‘Leading your Church into Growth’ for Urban Estates Churches

Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick from June 25th – 28th 2018

There is going to be a special LYCIG course, taking place at Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick from June 25th – 28th, tailored specifically to the needs of lay and ordained church leaders who work on urban estates.

LYCIG has always had a reputation as a resource which is effective for urban Churches, and in June we will be amending the content of the course in order to hear and meet the needs of estates practitioners.

The cost per place is £299 and often clergy can find this from their CME budget. However LYCIG is proven to be most effective when clergy bring with them one or two key lay leaders, and so if a parish sends both a lay and an ordained leader we will offer a total discount of £50.

It has been very exciting to see how the need to renew church life on our urban estates has risen up the agenda in recent years, and we believe that LYCIG can play a very useful role in offering some answers to the questions of how we sustain vibrant church life in this context. Please do get in touch if any of us can be of further assistance.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Tracy Hunt at info@leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk

Yours sincerely

The Rt Revd Philip North

(Chair Estates Evangelism Task Group)


Canon Robin Gamble

(‘Leading your Church into Growth’)


The Revd Andy Delmege

(Chair National Estates Churches Network)



A Response to the ‘Church of the Poor’ Conference — Lynne Cullens
November 6, 2017, 9:17 am
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I have the privilege of serving with Lynne on the National Estate Churches Network Exec.  This blog piece is, I think, essential reading for all those involved with estate churches.

A Response to the Church of the Poor Conference 2nd & 3rd November 2017, Manchester I’ve just returned from an inspiring gathering of 35 individuals, organisations, research bodies and Churches drawn together by CAP in Manchester and described as some of the key influencers on poverty and the Church nationally. The event was convened with […]

via A Response to the ‘Church of the Poor’ Conference — Lynne Cullens

urban congress 2017


I’m really excited about the 2017 Birmingham Urban Congress on Saturday 2nd December.  This is for people from inner city and outer estate parishes in Church of England Birmingham.

It is a day where we will be sharing stories of hope and holding on as we reflect on Christ’s challenge to us to stay in the city.  We have some great speakers.  The day is free, but you need to book to make sure of your place.  You can do this through your Vicar or direct at https://www.cognitoforms.com/Cofebirmingham/UrbanCongress2017

I look forward to seeing you there.

necn october news
October 26, 2017, 8:48 am
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Dear Friends,

I would like to update you on two important pieces of Estate Church News:

1. NECN’s next Conferences will be on April 16th in Blackburn and April 18th in Birmingham.  The theme is Tooled Up: The Craft of Estates Ministry.  We will be launching a toolbox of resources that we know work to strengthen and support Estate Churches in their ministry and mission.

Booking will open at the end of November.  Please save the date.  If you know any organisations that should be in the Marketplace at the Conferences, please let Andy or Lynne know.

2. Estates Evangelism Conference.  The Estates Evangelism Task Group, which NECN is a partner of, recently convened a Conference to build an ambitious agenda and alliance for ministry on estates.  This was excellent and hopeful.  There is a full report on Andy’s blog here.  There will be more news on the actions coming out of the Conference soon.  Please keep all those involved in your prayers.

With love and prayers,


estates evangelism conference report

Over the last couple of years, the Church of England has found energy and commitment to ministry on estates.  This has led to the formation of the Estates Evangelism Task Group within the Renewal and Reform Programme.  I am proud to sit on this, and also that the National Estate Churches Network, which I Chair, is a key partner in this, representing estate churches and their leaders of all denominations.

The Task Group has developed an ambitious programme for funding, supporting and encouraging churches and Christian presence on estates, coming out of a huge amount of consultation with estate churches and clergy since the Estates Evangelism Day at Bishopsthorpe in March, 2016.  The issue for us has been how to take this forward.  We are a few people doing this in the midst of other full commitments and jobs.

We invited as many of the agencies and groups who are engaged with estate churches to come together for two days at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire to build capacity and to ensure action.  Around 40 people representing at least 30 organisations were able to be there.  It is important to note that while some of the work is about internal change within the Church of England, there was a strong ecumenical presence and slant.

The Conference aimed to:

1.Build an alliance

2. Unite around an agenda for change

3. Share responsibility for delivering actions

4. To be mutually accountable for this

It began by getting us to reflect on and own this Commitment to Action:

(This is the fruit of eighteen months of consultation and was further refined at the Conference.  Personally, I think we should now act on this for a couple of years rather than refining it further).


Estates Evangelism – A Commitment to Action

Jesus comes to proclaim Good News to the poor (Luke 4, 16). As His disciples, of different denominations but united by our shared desire to listen prayerfully to His call, we commit ourselves afresh though presence, service and proclamation to the ministry of evangelism on our nation’s urban estates by:

Strand 1: Championing Estates Ministry

  1. a) Challenging the Churches at every level to ensure that people from estates are represented in every tier of our structures
  2. b) Fostering and encouraging fresh and emerging forms of church life on the estates
  3. c) Developing an effective communications strategy to raise the profile of estates ministry and ensure that good news stories are celebrated
  4. d) Working together as ecumenical partners

Strand 2: Theology and the Public Voice

  1. a) Developing our apologetics and reflecting on the content of the Gospel we proclaim to answer the question: ‘What is the Good News on the estates?’
  2. b) Creating rich dialogue between theologians and estates practitioners to create a contemporary theological foundation for estates ministry and evangelism, exploring themes such as repentance, lament, cross and glory.
  3. c) Defining effective evangelism. What is it? What are the indicators? What constitutes success on the estates?
  4. d) Understanding the changing socio-economic and demographic context of estates ministry
  5. e) Engaging with Government and structures of power

Strand 3: Leadership

  1. a) Calling, developing and training local lay leadership
  2. b) Forming ordained leaders from and for the urban estates
  3. c) Offering support and high quality training to current leaders
  4. d) Challenging the selection and training pathways for licensed ministries and developing new forms of recognised lay ministry
  5. e) Ensuring sustainable patterns of deployment and support for Estates clergy

Strand 4: Resources

  1. a) Ensuring that appropriate financial resources are available to estates churches and that these resources are not wasted
  2. b) Helping local churches to find practical solutions to issues around buildings, administration and finance
  3. c) Signposting to contextually appropriate resources for evangelism, discipleship and ministry to Youth and children
  4. d) Working with partners to developing new resources where there is a recognised need
  5. e) Passing on good practice and inspiration through models, research, stories and toolkits



We were fed with challenging and reflective input from Jill Duff, Br Benedict SSF, Mark Russell and Malcolm Brown.  We were underpinned by worship and prayer.  We were well chaired by Philip North and Malcolm MacNaughton.

We spent a lot of time in small groups, working hard on deciding on actions on each of the Four Strands.  At the end of the Conference we were each asked to write which actions we could commit ourselves to both personally and on behalf of the organisations we represented.  We put these on prayer cards and placed them on the altar.  A small group will be forming these into a document – news on this in due course.

The question was asked as to “Who isn’t in the room that should be?”. If that is your organization, please let me know.  This is all about a corporate effort to renew the life of estate churches and estates.

At the end, a friend who spent all his ministry in estate churches said that he is now more hopeful than at any time since Faith in the City.  This is great praise and a lot to live up to.  Please pray for the Estates Evangelism Task Group as we take this forward.

Andy Delmege, October, 2017


estate ministry
August 31, 2017, 12:42 pm
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There’s a little video of me talking about estate ministry here:


urban estates mission enabler

I’m really happy to announce that I’ve been appointed to the part-time role of Urban Estates Mission Enabler within the Birmingham Diocese.  This will be alongside my ministry as Vicar of St Bede’s, Brandwood.  I will be working as part of Paula Gooder’s Mission and Learning Development Team.

I will be continuing a lot of what I have been doing over the past couple of years, including convening the Estates Group and overseeing Jesus Shaped People in the Diocese.  I will continue to Chair the National Estate Churches Network.

I am excited and humbled by this!  Please keep me in your prayers as this chapter of ministry unfolds.

More details on the diocesan website here