Indaba in Derby Diocese
The dioceses involved in the Continuing Indaba pilot conversations have found a different way of ‘being’ church together. The Diocese of Derby have developed 8 principles of Indaba and are using it within the diocese.
The Rural Dean, Rev Matt Barnes writes:
The missionary deanery of Chesterfield is a diverse deanery made up of 35 churches in the north of Derbyshire (England) in the Diocese of Derby. At its last meeting members of synod covenanted together to meet in Indaba groups for the duration of its remaining term. Groups of between 8-10 members were formed randomly from the very diverse churches represented in the deanery. Every time the synod meets significant time has been allocated for the groups to reform to discuss issues vital to the corporate life of the Church. It is hoped that as trust and friendship grows within the groups true listening and learning from one another can take place. Although this experiment is in its infancy the initial feed-back has been very positive from both lay and ordained participants. One member (Jenny Smeadley) commented of the first Indaba, “It was the most significant synod I’ve ever attended”.
I’m really excited to see how Synod members have so quickly caught the vision of Indaba. The lay-chair and I will certainly encourage groups to continue getting together in-between our regular synod meetings so they can take the opportunity to visit one another’s parishes in a meaningful way. Key to the focus of the Deanery Indaba groups is a new commitment to see all items discussed through a missional lens.