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Marks for Ecumenical Engagement:roman pots
What do we need in the mixing bowl?

This is personal paper for discussion re mission and ecumenism.
It is not a policy document of Churches Together in England. It is written by Sheelagh Aston (Revd) Priest in Charge, Oxclose LEP Church & Ecumenical Adviser Durham Diocese.
The paper is available from a search on
Sheelagh writes in the Introduction:
This paper summarises the research findings collected from a survey taken September 2013-May 2014 with the North East Churches Acting Together (NECAT). Church Leaders, National & County Ecumenical Advisers and 5 Single Congregational Local Ecumenical Partnerships located in the Sponsoring Bodies region & Yorkshire. The aim was to identify what ‘ingredients’ contribute to enabling Christians from different traditions to be partners in ministry and mission. It contained 7 questions covering: 
  • The factors which contribute to collaboration in ministry and mission.
  • The role of mission within ecumenical partnerships.
  • The relationship between the local situation, denominational & ecumenical structures.
  • The use and effectiveness of formal agreements in ecumenical partnerships

From the survey responses a list of ‘marks’ with accompanying characteristics were produced akin to the model developed by Robert Warren in his Healthy Churches Handbook. The hope is that these ecumenical marks might help churches wishing to work together by providing a matrix against which they can identify the gifts and strengths they can bring to the venture and where they may need more time to grow. Alternatively, it may also help to assess an existing project.

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Contact: email Sheelagh Aston
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