Transforming the Resourcing of Christenings in the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool

Holmes, S (2020) Transforming the Resourcing of Christenings in the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool. Journal of Practical Theology. ISSN 1756-073X Online ISSN: 1756-0748

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Abstract

In order to improve engagement and retention of families in Anglican churches nationally, the Church of England sought to improve support and resourcing of ministries amongst baptism families. Sharing this vision, the Liverpool Diocese partnered with the National Church in order to explore the issues, needs and opportunities within the Liverpool Diocese. This project became known locally as the “Three Steps to Christening” initiative. Participatory action research was adopted, enabling the core team to continually and simultaneously research and equip the 14 participant parish churches over a three-year period. The approach generated a rich data set, facilitating development and trialling of a wide range of resource materials and training opportunities. This paper describes the key findings and reflections, including summaries of the macro scale data and abstracts from the in-depth qualitative data pool. The continual cycle of research and resourcing has resulted in transformation of the Christening ministry within many of the participant churches. Furthermore, a plethora of resources and materials have been generated, which could be utilised further afield.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Practical Theology on 13th September 2020, available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1756073X.2020.1816409
Keywords: Christening, Liverpool Diocese, Resource, Training, Action Research
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Sarah Holmes
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 15:29
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 15:29
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3149

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