Making Headway 2016-18

“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the things that are wise, and has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Making Headway is a leadership programme planned for Autumn 2016. It is designed to serve clergy from a range of traditions and experiences, and throughout the course there will be space for peer reflection and encouragement.

David Herbert (CMD Officer), Helen Scarisbrick (Vicar of Broadheath) and Jenny Bridgman (Associate Vicar of Timperley) will facilitate the group sessions, which are organised into six modules, each with three sessions, over a two year period. Each session will include worship, teaching, reflection and group work.

Making Headway is suitable for clergy at any stage of ministry (early, mid or late), and so will be different to previous leadership programmes and would welcome the involvement of those who have already undertaken previous leadership courses.

“The Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self.” (Henri Nouwen – In the Name of Jesus)

Is it true what they say about Headway?

“It has been extremely enjoyable. The leadership has been first-class, the discussions have been engaging, and the fellowship has been wonderful. I feel that I have been fortunate to take the course and would certainly recommend it”
Blair Kirby

“A brilliant opportunity to develop and reflect on your own leadership style in a safe, supportive and challenging group. Great to share the highs and lows of leadership with clergy colleagues who know where you are coming from!”
Jane Proudfoot

“I have loved being a part of the Headway course. It has enabled me to think outside of the box in terms of my own understanding of leadership and collaboration. The course also enables those who attend to be ‘reflective practitioners’ so that it feels relevant and useful to our own parish and ministerial situations.”
Magdalen Smith

Details and dates  

Module 1: Deconstructing Leadership (2016)

4 October       Ideas of Leadership (Bishop Peter)
18 October     Embracing Chaos (Helen Scarisbrick)
8 November   The Heresy of Leadership (David Herbert)

Module 2: Beginning the Reconstruction (2017)

10 January     Leadership in the New Testament
                       (Loveday Alexander)
24 January     Leadership in the Old Testament (David Runcorn)
7 February      Leadership Today (John Drane)

Module 3: Change and Conflict (2017)

23 May            Change: A Case Study (Chris Blunt)
6 June             Building Resilience in Anxious Circumstances
                        Part 1 (Steve Mansfield)
20 June           Building Resilience in Anxious Circumstances
                        Part 2 (Jenny Bridgman)

Module 4: Laughter, Love and Flourishing (2017)

19 September Brain Power and Emotional Intelligence
                        (David Herbert)
3 October        Building Confidence (Jenny Bridgman)
17 October      Flourishing Systems (Helen Scarisbrick)
(NB 19 September session is at Church House, Daresbury)

Module 5: Power and Vulnerability (2018)

9 January       Power and Authority (David Herbert)
23 January     Power: The Light and the Dark (Helen Scarisbrick)
6 February     Vulnerability (Magdalen Smith)

Module 6: Making Headway

24 April          Topic identified by group (emerging ideas)
8 May            Topic identified by group (emerging ideas)
22 May          Topic identified by group (emerging ideas)


Times: 10am to 3.30pm. Refreshments and lunch included
Venue: Unless stated otherwise, all sessions are atFoxhill Retreat and Conference Centre, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
To book: Contact Jane Hood by email or phone 01928 718834 ext 257.  Please advise dietary or other requirements at time of booking

There is no charge for this course.

The sculpture of The Pioneers is by local artist Stephen Broadbent. It stands near the Boat Museum and the Shropshire Union Canal in Ellesmere Port. The pioneers are leaning into the future. Their boat is making headway because of the way they are together.