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Christian Leadership for the Common Good

  • Course Dates: Wed 15 January 2020, 11:00 am to Thu 16 January 2020, 4:00 pm

In a Divided Society, how can churches act for the common good?

A two-day training workshop in association with Together for the Common Good

For ordained and lay people in Christian leadership from all denominations and church traditions

This workshop has been developed by Together for the Common Good to enable church leaders to focus on exactly these challenges, in engagement with one another.


In association with the Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry

This two-day workshop explores what ‘the common good’ means;

  • biblically
  • theologically
  • in a society with severe divisions
  • in practice in our cities, towns and villages

This two-day event enables Christian leaders to retreat and reflect.  It gives opportunity to address: how can we enhance ministry in our localities at a time of polarisation and social fragmentation?

In short, the workshop aims to enhance and refresh your ministry by enabling common good thinking and practice.

It is designed for people in church leadership, ordained or lay, across the Christian denominations and traditions – e.g. priests, pastors, vicars, lay leaders, chaplains. From whatever Christian background and context you come, you will be welcome.

Developed by Together for the Common Good, the workshop aims to refresh ministry and mission by ‘common good thinking and practice’.


In more detail, the workshop will look at:

  • the Christian vision of the common good
  • causes of social division and how the practice of the common good acts as an antidote to the culture of individualism
  • ‘common good principles’ and how to apply them in practice
  • how our churches can be, not just for the poor, but of the poor
  • how a theology of relationship and the common good can refresh mission
  • how understanding the ‘vocational responsibilities’ of the local church alongside other bodies in the community can:
    • foster local leadership
    • build social trust
    • strengthen civil society

Why is it called Here: Now: Us?

Here: because we are all rooted in particular places
Now: because we are at a critical time in the history of our country and the churches can have a vital role in addressing the challenges
Us: because we, as Christians of different traditions, are called to fulfil our particular vocational responsibilities, working together

To book your place: contact Jill Hopkinson via email: jhopkinson@sarum.ac.uk

Cancellation Policy  Please note that 10% of the course fee is a non-refundable deposit. Sarum College does not offer refunds for cancellations within 1 month of the course. The course information in this leaflet is correct at the time of printing. However, we may change the content and timing of a course, replace the tutor or cancel a course on the rare occasions these actions may be necessary.


Course Details

Wed 15 January 2020, 11:00 am
Thu 16 January 2020, 4:00 pm
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Jill Hopkinson is Rural Ministry Tutor for the Centre for Formation in Ministry. She previously was the National Rural Officer for the Church of England. Jenny Sinclair is the founder-director of Together for the Common Good, which works to strengthen the bonds of social trust. Nicholas Townsend is writer and editor for the VPlater Project on Catholic Social Teaching based at Newman University. He is Reviews Editor for the journal Studies in Christian Ethics. He researches Christian theological understandings of the role of political authority. He was Director of Sarum College's former Politics and Theology Programme.
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N £140 R £200 Payments can be made by debit or credit card, BACS transfer, cash or cheque.