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Local Church Working Right?David Muskett
A Personal Paper 


This report was prepared at the end of a Sabbatical in February, March and April of 2016.  During that time I visited a number of places around the country which Ecumenical Officers had recommended as being examples of good practice in ecumenical working without being a Local Ecumenical Partnership.  The purpose of this report is not to describe or identify the places and projects observed or heard about but to identify the main ingredients in the successful ecumenical working. 

Three elements are explored:

  1. Relationships between ministers of congregations in a locality;
  2. Relationships between members of the congregations and
  3. The engagement of the congregations in “mission” – both outward looking projects and worship activities that bring them together.

The places visited and the kinds of projects congregations are engaged in are listed in appendices and there is a final section as a personal reflection on ministry in ‘mission shaped unity’.
David Muskett

PDF: The Local Church Working Right?
A personal paper by Revd David Muskett
Summary Findings of a Sabbatical Study on
Ecumeniucal Working between Congregations of
different Denominations around England
February-April 2016


David is an Anglican Priest serving as a Methodist Minister in the East Solent and Downs Circuit, based in Haslemere, Surrey.  Ordained in Anglican ministry in 1990 David was received into Connexion in 2013.  This background as well as a keen interest in and involvement with ecumenical working since university and curacy days made this a natural subject for a sabbatical study.  David has served Anglican parishes in Bedfordshire and Surrey and his present post provides opportunities for ministry in Hampshire and Sussex as well.  David is also a Tutor and member of the Executive of the College of Preachers.
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This paper is not an agreed document of Churches Together in England and the views and conclusions are those of the author who has provided permission for it to be posted for further discussion and study.

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