CMD Programme 

2018 to 19 Calendar

14th February 2019

Building a Vocational Culture
with Emma Sykes

Emma Sykes

Building a Vocational Culture is an interactive day in which we will explore how we can create a culture in which vocations are nurtured amongst all ages in our churches. We will look at what the bible says about calling, identify the vocational culture in our existing contexts, look at the barriers and opportunities and offer some practical tips on how to nurture vocation at the different stages of people’s lives.

Emma Sykes has spent six years in full time parish ministry at a busy city centre church and the last four years in multi role ministry as a self-supporting minister. She is a Leadership Specialist at CPAS with a particular focus on developing young vocations, and is part of the vocations team for Birmingham Diocese. She is passionate about motivating and enabling others to discover the God given purpose for their lives and is creator of ‘Talk Calling’ a resource to help start vocational conversations with young people.

28th March 2019New Event Star

Early good Friday
with Mike Catling and Nick Helm

Venue: Hereford Cathedral

A Day exploring creative ways of engaging with the Passion of Jesus.
Particularly for those who will be leading devotions on Good Friday.


2nd May 2019


Sign Language in your Ministry
with Katie Evans

Katie Evans

Katie Evans has worked supporting young people with Deafness, Ushers, Down Syndrome, learning delays and ASD.  Also working with families, and anyone who wanted to learn, sign language.  The session would cover: types of sign language and the benefits of sign language, a brief history of Deaf Church, communication skills, communication misunderstandings, key signs for the church, a hymn in sign language and if we have time The Lord’s Prayer.


16th May 2019

The Forgotten Factor
with Mark Berry

Mark Berry

The Forgotten Factor: Placing Community at the Heart of Mission

What does it mean to live in the new commandment found in John 13, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.” And the challenge to love those we are called to serve found in 1 Thessalonians 2.

The day will explore how we build community discipleship, and a means of approaching mission that places community at its heart, enabling local churches to better express their missional calling.It will include a mixture of theory and story and times for participants to share their stories and learning.

Mark Berry began his ministry as a Youth minister in 1994.He has served in a variety of contexts and cultures, including South London, urban Reading and rural Buckinghamshire.He became a Lay Pioneer minister in 2005 when in a partnership between the Church of England and the Church Mission Society he founded a missional/new monastic community called Safespace in Telford, Shropshire.He is a firm believer that discipleship is a community practice and mission flows from the struggles to mirror Christs love for us with each other and with the people whom God has called us to.Mark is co-author of the New Monastic Handbook and the Grove booklet ‘The Forgotten Factor: Placing Community at the Heart of Mission.’

12th June 2019

Evaluating Our Worship
with Mark Earey

Mark Earey

Practical ways of evaluating our worship so we can make it better This workshop day will build on the Bishop's Study Day in February 2019, at which Mark Earey will outline some principles for evaluating worship. The workshop will allow participants to explore practical ways of evaluating worship in the local church. This will include thinking about regular patterns (how we assess and improve our weekly services and worship leading and preaching), planning one-off evaluation (such as with a worship audit), and considering long-term impacts.

Mark Earey is Director of Anglican Formation and Tutor in Liturgy and Worship at The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. He is a member of the Liturgical Commission, and chairs the Group for Renewal of Worship (GROW) - the editorial group responsible for the Worship series of Grove Booklets. He was formerly Team Rector of Morley in West Yorkshire, and before that National Education Officer for Praxis, a C of E organisation for liturgical renewal and education. He has written a number of books about worship and liturgy, including Evaluating Worship: How Do We Know it is Any Good? (Grove Books, 2016), Finding Your Way Around Common Worship (CHP, 2011) and Beyond Common Worship: Liturgical Diversity and Anglican Identity (SCM Press, 2013).