Diocese of Newcastle



We aim to equip teams of lay people and clergy to work together for missional, spiritual and numerical growth.


By 2020, 60 parishes will have taken part in Leading Your Church into Growth, and will have seen the fruits of that in missional, spiritual and numerical growth.


Two Leading Your Church into Growth (LyCiG) courses have been held, attended by 39 parishes, with a third course scheduled later in 2019. 

The three-day course is for mixed teams of lay and clergy, and covers themes of leadership and vision, committing to growth, developing and implementing a strategy, developing a community, telling our story, and developing worship that helps the church to grow. The first course was led by the national LyCiG team but the second was led by the Diocese, supported by the national team which has given a more local context.

An ongoing mentoring programme has been established to support parishes after attending the course, together with an evaluation process. Feedback from the attendees has been positive with many participants embracing and building on what they have learnt and we are now seeing the shoots of growth in some areas.

Further details

To get involved or for further details email the Revd Canon Catherine Pickford or telephone 0191 270 4136.