An introduction to Mission and Ministry

The Mission and Ministry Department

Director of Mission & Ministry:  Prebendary Philip Sourbut

Diocesan Mission Enabler: The Revd James Grier 

Please contact James if you’d like to discuss anything related to church growth, sharing our faith story with others, growing in discipleship (whole-life discipleship), exploring how to develop as a mission shaped church, starting a new congregation, a fresh expression of church or Leading your church into growth course (LYCIG). James also coordinates the Mission Shed (local resource hub) network across the diocese and the Diocesan church planting course.

01392 294920

Mission Community Development Team

The Mission Community Development Team are here to walk with mission communities as they produce a Mission Action Plan (MAP) or revisit their existing strategy. During the process they will draw on local expertise and link mission communities with expert practitioners and advisers who can help develop the details of their MAP. Each archdeaconry has a Mission Community Development Adviser who will work with the Archdeacon and be your first port-of-call as you write or revise a MAP.

The Revd Jon Marlow

Mission Community Development Team Leader and Development Adviser for Plymouth Archdeaconry
01392 294942 / 07517 999935

Development Adviser for Barnstaple Archdeaconry
Mike Clark Tel: 07889 570159 Email Mike

Development Adviser for Exeter Archdeaconry
Penny Doe Tel: 01392 294930 Email Penny

Development Adviser for Totnes Archdeaconry

Mission and Ministry amongst Children

Inspiring, encouraging and resourcing the creative development of mission and ministry amongst children (0-11s) in the Diocese of Exeter. Offering STAR (Support, Training, Advice & Resources) to any congregation member, clergy or lay reader involved in working with children and families.

Lay Discipleship

Exploring Lay Discipleship, alongside questions and development of lay ministry, lay leadership and how discipleship is key to enabling and empowering these roles. We’re developing learning opportunities around all of these issues. Please get in touch if there are other issues that you think we can help with.

Jon Curtis 

01392 294963 / 07889 542633


Do you feel you might be called to Christian ministry of some sort, whether ordained or lay? Hannah runs the Vocations Advisers team, who are available to meet one-to-one with people who are exploring their calling. She also runs regular ‘Exploring Vocation to Ministry’ courses to help people consider if Church of England ministry might be for them.

Hannah Mears

Mission Resources

The Mission Resources team wants to support you as you look for ways in which the mission of your church can be resourced. Giving is communicated and encouraged in the context of discipleship and mission and together we can look at various ways (workshops, PCC consultations, Parish Giving Scheme, legacy giving, funding etc.) by which this can strengthened.

See document: Funding January 2019 – projects, activities, lottery, landfill

Brigit Kiyaga

Growing the Rural Church

Does your rural mission community or church have a vision but you are not sure how to make the best of your church building? Do you need some help to think creatively about your church building? Come and talk to the Growing the Rural Church team.

Growing the Rural Church works with rural mission communities to develop their resources, and in particular their church buildings, to enable them to grow in prayer, make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy. We do this by supporting rural mission communities to partner with their local communities and external agencies to find sustainable missional, community, commercial or cultural uses for their church buildings, which benefit the whole community. When we do this, we ensure that the public spaces offered by our rural church buildings, both for worship and extended missional, community, commercial or cultural use, are sustainably managed, and we seek to draw more people into the life of our rural mission communities.

Email the team at Growing the Rural Church.

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Growing in prayer, Making new disciples, Serving the people of Devon with joy
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