Called? Resilience and Personal Vocation in Education Dr Nick Shepherd Programme Director for Setting God’s People Free (yes that’s a real job title - it’s on my business card and everything)
Setting God’s People Free celebrating and affirming calling for all…
The Church of England's Renewal & Reform programme is aimed at helping us become a growing Church for all people and for all places R&R history Archbishops’ programme for R&R in each generation (GS1976), Feb 2015 Vision and narrative (GS2038) endorsed by General Synod, Jul 2016 Estates Working toward a thriving, growing, loving church on every significant social housing estate in the country Lead: Dave Champness (Diocese of Blackburn) Growing Vocations Fostering a culture in which the vocation of each member of the Church can be identified, nurtured and celebrated so the whole Church can grow and flourish Lead: Mandy Ford Digital Harnessing digital and social media to grow people’s faith, bring people to faith and share the common good work of the Church Lead: Adrian Harris Contact: Amaris Cole Improving Services to Dioceses and Cathedrals Service and process improvements by the NCIs, and the development of new services, that support the wider Church Contact: Kevin Norris Setting God’s People Free Enabling the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Sunday to Saturday Lead: Nick Shepherd Nurturing Senior Leaders Identifying, training and resourcing leaders for current and future challenges Lead: Caroline Boddington Contact: Jo Dunne Peer Review Supporting dioceses by 'holding up a mirror' to their work and facilitating insightful learning between dioceses Lead: Philip James Contact: Alan Cruickshank Resourcing the Future Ensuring that the funds, managed by the Church Commissioners to support mission and ministry in dioceses, are distributed in a way which enables them to advance the Church's goal of mission and growth Lead: Philip James Contact: David Jennings Simplification Legislative simplification and deregulation to break barriers to mission and ministry Lead: Jacqui Philips Contact: Jenny Jacobs
What is Setting God’s People Free? SGPF is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Sunday to Saturday.
What is Setting God’s People Free? • SGPF looks beyond and outside Church structures to the whole people of God at work in communities and wider society - not to 'fixing' the institutional Church. • SGPF challenges a culture that over-emphasises a distinction between sacred and secular to a fuller vision of calling within the all-encompassing scope of the Gospel – not to limit vocation to church based roles. • SGPF seeks to affirm and enable the complementary roles and vocations of clergy and of lay people, grounded in our common baptism - not to blur or undermine these distinctions. • SGPF proposes imaginative steps to nourish, illuminate and connect what is working already in and through parishes and communities of faith - not to institute a top-down approach
Set free to fulfil our calling as the Church and as people of the Kingdom • Shift1: Equipping the whole people of God to follow Jesus confidently in every sphere of life • Shift2: Enriching mutual recognition and support between lay & ordained followers
Called? Resilience and Personal Vocation in Education
The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership’s mission is:
Called: “Leaders who are called can articulate a strong sense of personal vocationto their role, and demonstrate this through their words, actions and decision making, exemplifying a strong moral purpose, confident vision,and ambitious trajectory of improvement. For some, this sense of vocation will be driven by an established or developing faithcommitment. They show integrity, honesty and a deep sense of resilience, underpinned by their personal sense of vocation as a leader.”
Calling… • What do we mean by ‘calling’ ? • How is a sense of calling nurtured? • How can calling contribute to resilience?
a calling to love Resilience and Personal Vocation in Education
teaching as profession (and vocation) To view teaching as a vocation is to acknowledge a call to serve others through the means of education and learning... Such a calling may be grounded within a religious worldview, as coming from God and forming part of a divine plan for one’s particular life, but it need not be...we do not merely choose teaching from among a range of alternative careers that may suit our personal interests. Rather, we assume a teaching role and whatever is involved in fulfilling it out of a sense of duty... [since] the concept of a vocation has an inherently altruistic focus. (Bujis, 2005)
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Calling and practicing discernment… An integrated approach to discernment requires that the distractions of the heart, the whims of the body, and the hubris of the mind be refined by the intuitions of the heart, investigations of the mind, the still point of the soul, and the practical wisdom of the body. (White, 2005 p. 84)
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calling and career Teachers who report a presence of a calling have a good sense of their interests and abilities, they are more likely to be mature in their career development process and they are more comfortable in making career decisions. Conversely, teachers that report a search for calling tend to be slightly more indecisive and slightly more likely to lack a clear career development process; these individuals are less comfortable in making career decisions and are markedly less clear about their interests and abilities (Duffy & Sedlacek, 2007)
How was your day? • Turn to your neighbour and tell them in two minutes what you did in school/work yesterday… • Those listening listen carefully as you are going to reflect back what you heard in sixty seconds… • Now switch, but those listening are going to reflect back what they heard in one word…
Calling, resilience and community. • Resilience as a communal capacity not merely an individual trait • What resilience do our school, church and other communities confer? • Personal resilience is underpinned by sense of call, satisfaction in role & space to develop • What professional and personal practices help centre resilience?