Focal Ministry is not a one-size-fits-all ministry. PCCs and Oversight Ministers are encouraged to explore what Focal Ministry might mean and look like in their context.
If the Parish does not have an Oversight Minister then the PCC might consult with the Associate Archdeacon Transition Enabler or identify an Accompanying Minister who can support them and potential Focal Ministry candidates through the process.
In any case, please do get in touch with the Focal Ministry Team if we can help in any way.
When exploring Focal Ministry, the following should be considered:
- The gifts of the people already there
- The needs of the parish
- The vision for the parish
- How does the parish relate to the wider Mission Area?
- How this relates to the Mission Action Plan
- How many Focal Ministers might be needed?
It is very important to be clear that Focal Ministers do not need to be the finished article! No one person has all the skills and gifts needed, nor are they expected to.
What Focal Ministers do need is the character and the openness necessary to develop and grow in the role. The table of Core Characteristics of Focal Ministers below may help.