EMBA Associates are people recognised and endorsed by the Association in offering specific skills and experience to the churches of the EMBA (largely in a voluntary capacity) thus expanding the capacity of the Regional Team.
Sarah has worked with children, young people and their families for the last twenty years, doing all sorts, including youth groups, holiday clubs, toddler groups and inter-generational worship. She trained with CYM at St. John’s College in Nottingham, followed by an MTh at Regent’s Park College focussing on young people and children, in particular involving young people in church meetings. At the same time, she was ordained as an Accredited Youth Specialist.
Nick offers spiritual accompaniment, mentoring and pastoral supervision to a number of serving pastors and is committed to helping ministers find the most appropriate supportive network that will help them to develop both spiritually and in the delivery of their ministry.
Nick's main role is therefore to help ministers consider which of the supportive disciplines recommended as part of the CMD initiative would meet their predominant need at this stage of life - Coaching, Mentoring, Pastoral Supervision, Spiritual accompaniment, Soul Friendship, Learning Communities.
Nick will also be acting as the EMBA's reference point for any ministers who are looking for a pastoral supervisor, would like to explore soul-friendship or are interested in a learning community.
Sue has been in pioneer ministry for 15 years. Initially founding the Pathways Centre at Hinckley Baptist Church and developing a 7 day a week approach to being church, including developing dementia groups, Christian mindful meditation practice and partnering with local community groups. Since 2016 she has worked in a new housing development with the remit of creating a healthy community for all faiths and none, resulting in Lubbesthorpe Alive CIC, as well as seeding a Christian missional community. Sue trained in pioneer ministry through CMS, is accredited as a Pioneer Baptist Minister and is part of the BU Pioneer Round Table.
Elaine and Nick have already developed and delivered training courses in areas like pastoral care and leadership for the EMBA.
We are grateful that they are both willing to use their experience, gifts and skills to further develop this aspect of association life amongst us.
In this new role Elaine and Nick will work alongside the Regional Ministers in delivering training across the region.
From time to time they will offer courses to ministers and churches, but are also willing to be contacted regarding specific training needs you may have via email.