I am part of a generation in the Church that is obsessed with the poor. And that’s not a bad thing either. The “in” theology of the day focusses on the “Church for the poor” and “God’s preferential option for the poor”. Of course, these “in” theologies aren’t really that new. They are a resurgence of Liberation Theology. And this Liberation Theology is not only provoking Christians to social action, but is also bringing Christians together from all over the theological spectrum.Read more
Wow. What a week it’s been for discussion on Church Unity. This post is published in the week that Holy Trinity Brompton’s Leadership Conference was held on Church Unity, and when it has been announced that Rev Rod Thomas has been appointed as the Bishop of Maidstone for the conservative Evangelicals who cannot accept women bishops.Read more
Following on a debate on Same Sex Marriage at the Governing Body (Synod) of the Church in Wales in April 2014, it was announced by the Bench of Bishops that a provincial wide consultation at diocesan level was to be organised to see what the Church in Wales as a whole thinks about Same Sex Marriage.Read more
Last week I attended the ordinary meeting of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales. This is basically the Welsh equivalent of the General Synod of the Church of England. I am a co-opted member of Governing Body (meaning that I’m not voted on) and represent my diocese (Monmouth) as well as being a voice for the younger members of the Church in Wales.Read more
In my last post, I gave a run through of what to expect at a Provincial Discernment Panel (or BAP / Bishop’s Advisory Panel / Provincial Selection Conference / blah blah blah). In this particular post, I’m going to give some basic pointers for you to hopefully give you an idea of things, to ease you, and to better prepare you for your selection. So without further a do, here goes:
After the conference is over, the wait will begin. The panel will meet straight after you leave to discuss each candidate, and a decision (recommendation / recommendation with conditions / non recommendation) will be made on that day. What takes time is that the Secretary has to compile all the reports and write them up then send them to the Bishops. Then, the Bishop may be busy and so your report may wait. It took over two weeks for me to hear, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a long time. a couple of things for dealing with post-conference:
As I drove to my grandparents house after the conference (who don’t live far from where the conference was held), I said to God “I don’t know what I’m going to do if I’m not selected, God. It’s in your hands”. And that was that. Thankfully, God was very kind and gracious and didn’t allow me to become too frustrated or worried or anxious about hearing the news.
The news will be given to you usually by phone or by the Bishop seeing you in person. Very rarely, the news is given as a letter.
I had a phone call from the Bishop whilst I was on holiday to say that I had been recommended for training. I was so happy and relieved to hear that. Of course, not everyone gets a recommendation. It isn’t the end of the world if you’re not recommended (even though it will feel like it, I’m sure). The fact that you got to this point is a clear indication that there is a calling to ministry on you, but it may just need a bit more work, or maybe you need to look at a different sort of ministry (but these are to be discussed with your DDO after you hear the news). And of course, you can always go back to a panel again.
I hope this has given you a bit of an insight into the ins and outs of the selection conference! If there’s any other comments or questions you have, do use the comments below to share them. Similarly, if you’ve been to a Selection Conference or BAP or whatever, do share your tips and advice too! My next post on this particular area is probably going to be about my meeting with my DDO to discuss my report and the next steps in terms of training… exciting!
I said a few days ago that I would be starting to write up and document my journey to Priesthood. It’s a bit too late to retrace the last 3 and a half years or so of my calling (though you can find bits of it in the deepest darkest archives of my blog). However, I feel that this post about Provincial Selection (also known as BAP [Bishop’s Advisory Panel], or Provincial Discernment Board) will be useful to all those who are embarking on this journey, about to go to a panel or just curious. At least, I hope it will be!