Historic night as Bishop commissions first group of Diocesan Interns
History was made in Southwell & Nottingham as Bishop Paul Williams commissioned the first cohort of interns graduating from the Diocesan Internship Programme. The cohort included nine young leaders who undertook a year of learning, personal development and service with the Diocese’s Younger Leadership College.
The College was set up in September 2016, as part of the diocesan vision of Growing Disciples: Wider, Younger, Deeper, and has a vision to equip, resource and commission 1,000 younger leaders over the next seven years. This group of nine interns were among the first young people to get involved.
The commissioning took place during a service at Holy Trinity, Southwell, and was followed by a celebration meal in the Archbishop’s Palace. Bishop Paul told the interns, their families, friends and supporters, that it was right to take a moment to thank God for the first year of the intern programme: “We are going to commission them this evening because it has never been just about this one year – we are going to send them out as they continue to serve God.” He said the command to every disciples was “to go into all the world, and this is what tonight is all about – the commissioning is a sending out”.
Andy Wolfe, Dean of the College, invited each of the interns to the front of the church: Amelia Delbridge, Tom Tuck, Duncan Dean, Josie Rowland, Joanne Arton, Pippa Scott, Niamh Shewell-Cooper and Iona Loffman; there he presented them with a gift and prayed for them.
Three of the interns, Tom Tuck, Pippa Scott and Alex Shiells, are now set to start their ordination training, while the others are moving into a range of other exciting leadership contexts across various areas of culture and society. The programme is set to continue in 2017-18 with a new cohort recruited and ready to start.
Andy Said: “It has been such a privilege to see these young leaders grow and develop throughout this year, and have such a fantastic impact on their church contexts and right across the Diocese. We are thrilled that this group of pioneering leaders have taken this step, and look forward to welcoming next year’s cohort in September”.