My sabbatical was planned by a special team of members of the congregation. We met often, at least once a month to work out plans for a proposal for a Lilly Foundation grant. It was not approved, but the plans were designed so that they could still be implemented with help from various sources.
We set the time for the sabbatical to three months beginning on April 15-July 14, 2013.
The sabbatical would include three parts.
With the assistance of Canon Robin Greenwood, I was able to identify several church leaders in various dioceses of the Church of England. I contacted them and made arrangements to visit in their respective settings. Many of them provided room and board as well.
I visited these dioceses:
In addition I visited the Church Office in London and attended a three-day conference of the Local (Shared) Ministry Network in Coventry.
In the second month of my journey, I visited three different settings in the United States:
I spent two weeks in Minnesota, visiting at Luther Seminary and the Diocese of Minnesota and attending a Total Ministry conference sponsored by the Diocese of Minnesota.
It is not possible to sum up my learnings from the encounters I had with ministry teams in the various places I visited. I did summarize them with a brief powerpoint with slides that illustrate five different styles or configurations of shared ministry, each created locally.
Each Format is Designed and Commissioned for use in the Local Setting.