Transforming Wigan is a 7-year £1.2 million programme which aims to build on this to achieve two broad outcomes:
To turn around the mission and financial strength in the strategically most vulnerable part of our diocese, enabling it to become a missional powerhouse.
To transfer the learning and good practice to other parts of the diocese (and beyond) so that we can continue to build on strength and mitigate weakness.
As Bishop’s Advisor Tim’s focus has been on helping the diocese shift to a new Mission Community structure to accomplish the vision to grow disciples in Cumbria.
Previously Tim was Vicar of St Thomas’ Church in Kendal and Team Leader of a pilot Mission Community. His background is in Charity leadership and development. Tim is also the founder of the Emmaus Leadership Project which helps Christian leaders and their teams effect transformational change. Tim is the author of “And Moses Put His Shoes On” which explores the challenges of Christian leadership in today’s church.
Tim is married to Sue and together they have four grown up children and three grandsons who keep them on their toes.
Tim said “I am delighted and privileged to be appointed as Director of the Transforming Wigan project. I am looking forward to applying my faith, hope and experience alongside the other church leaders in Wigan to the amazing vision to see the town transformed by Jesus and his body of disciples in the local churches.”
Archdeacon Peter Bradley said “this is a fantastic appointment for such a crucial role. Tim has the skills and gifts to continue to develop this important, imaginative project a project that will make a big difference to Wigan Deanery. The Transforming Wigan project has galvanised the clergy and laity in the area and there has been a real team effort to get to this point. As Director, Tim will be able to sharpen our efforts as we move to the next phase.”
About Transforming Wigan
Supported by national Church Commissioners funding Transforming Wigan will be grounded in the lessons of From Anecdote to Evidence and based on a comprehensive programme of change management so as to:
Reduce the average age of those attending and engaging with church
Increase the giving base (in numbers and average giving) to underpin future sustainability and development
Broaden the leadership base to allow for a flourishing of vocations and the emergence of multiple missional leaders communities
Deal with the ‘buildings issue’, namely a current understanding of church which is overly reliant on expensive buildings which are unfit for 21st century mission and ministry
Configure the deanery around healthy and viable missional units fit for future purpose and each of which reflects a clear mixed economy of church
Tim will be at the centre of this activity working with and supporting the local churches, clergy and congregations on delivering on the challenging targets set by the project. In a quasi-Archdeacon role he will be able to commend resources to make changes happen and will be able, both as a fresh pair of eyes but also as someone who is not engaged in delivering day to day ministry. He will work alongside the already established Transforming Wigan Implementation Group to work in this area on a project that has significance for the Deanery, our diocese and the wider church of England.
You can find out more about Transforming Wigan here