Catherine Ellerby has joined our team as Church Growth Programme Coordinator. We caught up with Catherine to find out more about her new role, what she was doing before, and why she loves living and working in London.
What is a church growth learning community?
The communities are for any church interested in growing in both depth and breadth. Typically, a church leader will bring along a team and together they will reflect on their current situation and discover ways to help their church thrive through training and coaching. Normally a community will be made up of 10 to 12 churches from any tradition, meeting every six months over two years.
What will you be doing as Church Growth Programme Coordinator?
I’ll be working with Darren Wolf, Church Growth Programme Manager, to support churches that are interested in joining a community and looking after the churches that are already on the programme. I will be also overseeing the running of each community, including making sure that everyone is well supplied with coffee!
What are you most looking forward to doing in your role?
I’m looking forward to the new communities starting in the Autumn and seeing the journey that churches go on through the different stages of the training. I love hearing stories of churches and their unique contexts, so I’m excited to see how growth looks in different communities and how churches develop their plans for mission, community and discipleship.
What do you think some of the challenges will be?
It feels exciting, but the challenge will be getting up to speed with the huge number of churches in London and understanding their different contexts, traditions and how we can best support them.
What were you doing before you joined our team?
Although I started my career in the NHS, I’ve spent the last 10 years working for the Church of England or in other Christian organisations. Immediately before joining this team, I was PA to the Archdeacon of London, Father Luke Miller. So I’ve had the privilege of moving from one amazing team in the Diocese of London to another one..
What do you love most about living and working in London?
I love the energy that London has and how it’s on the go 24 hours a day. I also really enjoy spending time in the lovely green spaces that London has, especially Hampstead Heath with its panoramic views of the city.
If you could have another job for a day, what would it be?
I’ve always fancied the idea of running a tea shop: making beautiful cakes and selling different types of tea. Maybe one day!