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St John's College

Robin Greenwood

The Rev Canon Dr Robin Greenwood, until recently Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton, (Newcastle Diocese) held a William Leech Research Fellowship at Durham University (based at St John’s) and is now a Visiting Fellow and remains Canon Emeritus of Chelmsford Cathedral. He has served as priest and educator in the Church of England and the Church in Wales since 1970.

Robin has intentionally interwoven theological, experiential and strategic insights within the areas of mission, ecclesiology, ministry liturgy and spirituality. In particular he has practised and written extensively on renewed patterns of ordained and licensed ministry that can release the imagination and energy for mission of the whole people of God. The development of local ministry development teams as a focus for emerging patterns of missional churches is also an area to which he has given focussed attention.

He has taught on courses at St Michael’s Llandaff and University of Wales, Lampeter and regularly contributes to diocesan programmes in the UK. Robin has also taken a leading part in learning events in Australia, Kenya, New York, New Zealand, San Francisco and Sweden. He has been a Co-Director of the Edward King Institute for Ministerial Development. He has served as a Board Member of Lindisfarne (Regional Training Partnership), acts as a vocational adviser in Bishops’ Advisory Panels and as part of the Church of England’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement in Ministerial Education processes for Colleges and Courses.

In his work as William Leech Research Fellow Robin will be engaging with six churches across the ecumenical spectrum in the North East. With the theological focus of living in God’s blessing and becoming an agent of blessing, Robin will invite church communities and their leaders to rediscover their identity and purpose within their locality. His intention is that from this two year process a handbook will emerge which when published can be a resource for the building in confidence of other churches. He will also be contributing to international consultations in Hungary (Anglican-Lutheran conversations on churches in marginalized situations 2014) and in the USA (“What is the New Edge in the development of local missionary and ministering communities?” 2015).

Robin is married to Claire, also an Anglican priest. They live in Skipton in North Yorkshire and have three adult children and six grandchildren.

His published writings include:

Transforming Priesthood : A New Theology of Mission and Ministry, SPCK, 1994

Transforming Church: Liberating Structures for Ministry, SPCK 2002

Power, SPCK 2005

Local Ministry: Story, Process and Meaning, SPCK, 2006

Parish Priests: For the Sake of the Kingdom, SPCK, 2009

Being Church: the formation of Christian Community, 2013.

Please see below for Robin's report on a recent two month journey facilitating conferences and workshops in five Australian Dioceses. The material was based on the work he did as William Leech Fellow 2013-2015. The paper was requested by the Australian Anglican Commission on Ministry.


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