Churches Together North Thames

How To Do It

Guidelines for Local Partnerships and Groups    Click on the titles below to download the papers

1.Ecumenical Consultation before change of ministry
Procedure to implement as soon as a change is anticipated

2. LEP Reviews from 2013 onwards
Church Life Review scheme for CTNT LEPs
Church Life Review outline (CLR1)
Church Life Review profile form (CLR2)

3. LEP Constitutions
Before 2009 constitutions were written for each Local Ecumenical Partnership as it was formed.
Since 2009, because of the Government's charity registration legislation,
the denominations working through Churches Together in England
have agreed Model Governing Documents with the Charity Commissioners. 

The Model Governing Documents must be used:

  • when a new LEP is being formed
  • when an LEP needs to amend its existing constitution
  • when an LEP exceeds the threshold normal annual income (in 2013: £100,000)

Guidelines and documents are on the website of Churches Together in England -
click here, and scroll down to the section you need.

It is important to be in touch with CTNT Administrator when you start and go through this process
because she will arrange approval from the participating denominations
and from CTNT as the sponsoring body of the LEP.

 

 

 

 "Frequently Asked Questions"    Click on a question,  or scroll down

1. What are some useful resources for leaders / elders / deacons / church council members in LEPs?
2. How should we start the process to find a new minister for an LEP
when the present minister announces intention to move on?

3. How can we form a local group of churches together?
4. What do we need to do to form a single congregation of two or more denominations?
5. Which guidelines should we follow in our LEP in order to safeguard children and vulnerable adults?
6. What are some new ways to strengthen mission and unity?
7. How can we develop our churches' together activities in new ways? 
8. How can we have a free website for our local ecumenical group? 
9. Are we covered for insurance in our churches' together activities? 
10.  What resources are there for ecumenical inter faith work?  (added 1/4/13)
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More resources will be added

If you are looking for particular resources or have a question which you cannot find answered here, you could try

  • browsing the websites in the Where Else section of this website
  • emailing the CTNT Office office@ctnt.org.uk
  • emailing another member of the Ecumenical Officers' Team (see Who's Who section)

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1.  What are some useful resources for leaders / elders / deacons / church council members in LEPs?

          Click here for a 2-page list of material from each denomination and from CTE and elsewhere

2.  How should we start the process to find a new minister for an LEP 
when the present minister announces intention to move on?

          Click here for the procedure agreed by your Church Leaders in CTNT

3.  How can we form a local group of churches together?

           A useful little book to help you think through the issues and guide you through the steps is "Together Locally" by Jenny Carpenter, published by Churches Together in England
To purchase online go to this page of CTE website

4.  What do we need to do to form a single congregation of two or more denominations?

          Contact your CTNT Office  office@ctnt.org.uk

5.  Which guidelines should we follow in our LEP in order to safeguard children and vulnerable adults?

          See this page of CTE website

6.  What are some new ways to strengthen mission and unity?

Edinburgh 2010 offers ideas and resources for developing mission and unity in today's world in your locality .  These are inspired by the significant world missionary conference that was held in Edinburgh 1910 

  • CTNT's representative at the Celebration Worship on Sunday afternoon 6th June in the Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland where the 1910 conference was held, was Bishop Onye ObikaSee his report back to CTNT.
  • To read about Edinburgh 2010 conference 2nd-6th June and related events around the world - see www.edinburgh2010.org
  • A conference organised by Churches Together in England entitled "Edinburgh 1910-2010: towards unity in mission" at The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire 11th-12th October 2010.  For information visit this page of CTE website
  • Suggestions for local celebrations are on the leaflet that was prepared and circulated by CTNT in January 2010.
     

7.  How can we develop our churches' together activities in new ways?

          Click here for a list of suggestions
 

8.  How can we have a free website for our local ecumenical group?

          Use the facility provided by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland:

  • A free website and hosting, linked to the new social networking website Churches Together Connect
  • The website comes with sample content but is customisable using an easy-to-use Content Management System
  • Local groups can add and edit their own sections and pages as required, as well as upload photos and add videos
  • A banner and logo, plus a number of themes, are provided, but local groups are free to upload their own
  • The website automatically takes news feeds from CTBI and CTE
  • Plug-in' content allows local groups to quickly add details and direct links to resources available from CTBI e.g. for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Lent, Creation Time, Racial Justice Sunday and Remembrance Sunday.
     

          To pursue this on the CTBI website, click here

 

9. Are we covered for insurance in our churches' together activities?

"When one church in a CT group hosts an event for the group, that church's insurance policy does not cover the event unless the trustees have minuted that they are the host and they take the insurance risk. While this may be sufficient for an occasional event, if there is a regular programme of events it would be better for the Churches Together group to take out its own insurance policy."  This is the guidance from Churches Together in England.

          Click here for an information paper on insurance

 

10. What resources are there for ecumenical inter faith work?

a)  London Inter Faith Centre
Website www.londoninterfaith.org.uk

b)  Churches Together in England
Inter Faith Gateway on CTE website - click here

c)  Inter Faith Contact
A short introduction to Christian principles of inter faith relations, written by Celia Blackden, Inter Faith Officer for Churches Together in England, in consultation with colleagues - click here

d)  Faiths Forum for London
Website www.faithsforum4london.org
 

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