Mark Argent
Creativity design composition spirituality work with organisations

Forthcoming events

Events, papers and workshops in the coming months include:

8, 15, 22, 29 June and 6 and 13 July 2020, 10.30–12.45
Reflective group for people in ministry
online (Zoom)

This is an opportunity to reflect with others on your experience of ministry in a world affected by Covid19.

These sessions are an opportunity to pause and talk together — about how people are feeling, what’s going on, where God is in all of this, how people are dealing with the lack of human contact, and the sense of “keeping a lid on it”

Facilitated by people experienced in spiritual direction, supervision and ministry, these sessions offer a confidential space to think about how our roles are changing (not least with many things now happening online) and where God is in all of this. The approach sees spiritual direction as helping people explore their experience of God, and supervision as helping them explore their experience of their role.

The last few months have brought significant changes for people in ministry — working from home, maintaining pastoral care by phone or online, meeting practical needs in the community and offering online worship. Hardly out of sight are the issues raised by people’s fear of infection and the very real effects of the lockdown on people’s livelihoods. We’re needing to find new resources to work in less-familiar ways — which also carries an invitation to encounter God differently.

Mark Argent is spiritual director and pastoral supervisor. His background includes eight years on the full-time retreat-giving team at St Beuno’s Centre of Ignatian Spirituality and work in a variety of other centres. He was also Secretary of the East of England Faiths Council for its first five years and is an Elder in the United Reformed Church. He is an Analytic Network Coach and has worked with people in a wide range of ministries.

Lynsey Heslegrave is a Baptist minister and spiritual director. Having served in a traditional Baptist Church setting for fourteen years she now pastors a pioneer community in north Essex and offers accompaniment for others in ministry. She currently chairs the core group of the Essex and East London Course in Spiritual Direction. She is married to Mike, a local police detective, and has two primary school aged boys.

This event will be run six times (and may continue beyond then). As this is about reflecting on current experience, people will gain most from attending regularly. Each session is self-contained and people are welcome to attend for whichever sessions suit them.

Please book separately for each event: