Bishop’s Audit Update

Usk Ministry Area Council
Bishop’s Audit Update

The Ministry Area Council (MAC) meets each month and is made up of representatives from each worshipping community and the clergy and also co-opted members who fulfil a Ministry Area-wide role.  Following the Bishop’s Audit report and meeting the MAC is considering how we work together across the Ministry Area to implement the actions points identified by Bishop Richard.

This chart sets out visually the areas the MAC is working on and summarises the main points identified by the Bishop.

Each of the PCCs is being asked to engage locally and explore and document four key objectives.  These are based on work done by the Coed-y-Paen community who have found themselves energised by the audit process and are keen to work together to ensure their long-term viability.  These four objectives are:

  1. To encourage and welcome lay ministry
  2. To increase the mission of the wider church to the local community
  3. To maintain and increase use of the church building
  4. To encourage planned financial giving

For each objective an assessment of the present position is made followed by identifying the plan for the future.

As well as this local work, named individuals have been identified to help explore, with others, ways of taking some of the key areas forward working across the Ministry Area:

  • Finance Group                  Sandy Blair
  • Buildings Group                Bryony Jacques
  • Lay Leadership                 Pamela Love
  • Children/Young People     Kevin Hasler
  • Pastoral Care                   Graham Opperman
  • Communications              David Lee, Sarah Byford, Kevin Hasler

If you have an interest and would like to get involved in any of these areas please speak to one the individuals named – you will receive a warm welcome.

The clergy team are also planning to start Nurture Groups across the Ministry Area in the coming weeks.  These will build on our Lent groups and become a permanent part of our gathering together week by week.  There is no reasons why these groups have to be led by clergy and our aim is that in the future as the groups grow more individuals will feel able to set up groups in their homes too.

The Diocese is providing support, guidance and toolkits to assist with much of this work – including training and guides in running nurture groups.  The Diocesan staff have expertise in a number of the more practical areas and we will be drawing on this – and the experiences of other parishes and worshipping communities around us.