New role for man who inspired ‘can-do’ mission culture in Devon
Revd Barry Dugmore, the Diocese of Exeter’s Mission Enabler, is to take up an exciting new role as Archdeacon Missioner at the Diocese of Coventry.
Barry has spent the last four years working with Devon’s clergy, lay leaders, congregations and mission communities to encourage confidence in sharing faith, growth in whole life discipleship, fresh expressions of church and church planting.
He has set up the Mission Shed network, which now has five hubs across Devon and a new one launching in Exeter on 15 July.
He and his team were behind the recent Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost celebration in Exeter Cathedral which saw around 600 Christians from across Devon worshipping to music from Welsh band Sound of Wales, taking part in creative prayer stations and being “sent out” by waves of coloured voile fabric passed over the heads of the congregation and out of the West door.
The event also saw Barry taking part in the Diocese of Exeter’s first ever Facebook Live broadcast.
Barry said: “I am really excited about taking up my new role in the Diocese of Coventry and serving God’s church there.
“I have a real passion for releasing the gifts of the whole body of Christ and growing disciples who invite others to explore a journey of faith.”
Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, said: ” I am delighted for Barry and the Diocese of Coventry as he moves to be their Archdeacon Missioner.
“Their gain will be very much our loss because Barry has released the mission energies of our parishes and mission communities and created a ‘can do’ culture which is inspiring and energising.
“We need to appoint his successor quickly in order to build on the momentum he has created.”
Barry will take up his new role on 1 October.