Fillongley & Corley, Ansley & Arley have had a lengthy appointment process without finding a suitable candidate.
As a result of this, further consultation with the PCCs around a ‘partnership for mission and ministry’ was explored which sought to offer a creative approach to helping find a sustainable pattern for future ministry.
The detail of the proposal explored, discussed and unanimously agreed by the Parish Representatives is:
The Revd Gail Phillip becoming Priest-in-Charge of Ansley & Arley and Fillongley & Corley (in addition to Exhall)
- The Revd Jo Parker to be licensed as Assistant Curate of Ansley & Arley and Fillongley & Corley (in addition to Exhall)
- The Revd Steve Medley becoming Associate Minister of Exhall, Ansley & Arley and Fillongley & Corley for an interim period of two years.
(Steve is presently Ordained Lead at Urban Hope Coventry.
All are full time and will now develop a ministry plan which will enable a good, viable ministry across the parishes.
In due course there will be a special ‘launch’ event for the partnership involving all the churches.
We are working on a commencement date to the partnership and will be able to share more information soon.
We give thanks to God for providing an exciting pathway and look forward to seeing how this develops under The Mission & Ministry Partnership team for the Leys Group with Gail’s oversight.