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A Parish Development Programme for the Church of Ireland
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Welcome to Church21.org, home of the Church of Ireland’s Programme of Parish Development. In a rapidly changing Ireland, churches are facing both opportunities and challenges. In many there is recognition of the need for change, and Church21 exists to help as churches pursue an attractive and relevant parish life.
Over the past 8 years almost 15% of the parishes in the Church of Ireland have participated in the Church21 programme. However, now that a quarter of the dioceses have appointed their own Parish Development Officers and with others moving in this direction, it is time to take a different approach.
We are currently developing a network of practitioners in the area of parish development with a view to sharing ideas and resources. We plan to run, on a regular basis, Parish Development Conferences to stimulate interest in parishes and to offer stimulus to those embarking on a journey of development. Another aim is to compile a toolbox of practical resources that will be available to all.
Please visit this site again to hear how things are going. In the meantime you can still hear the stories of some of the parishes that shared in the Church21 journey or tap into some of the resources available on this site.