ISR Public Event: 4th November 2020

What Makes a Good Church?

John Davis, ISR Visiting Fellow

This event is the latest in the series of ISR’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. This time we are focusing on the church. One seminar cannot possibly cover the whole range of churches across the world but as an ‘old stager’ in Christian ministry join ISR Visiting Fellow John Davis as he muses on what a ‘good church in 21st century’ might look like. Some of the questions we will discuss are:

  • What is a church?
  • As we look to the future how does the Church survive and grow?
  • How can the Church be a vehicle for social justice and challenge political leadership appropriately?

This event takes place Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).


Date: Wednesday 4th November 2020

Programme:
7.00pm Event start
8.00pm Event close

Venue: Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

Registration: This event is FREE but please click here to register your place.


JOHN DAVIS
John hails from St. Helens and graduated in Ceramic Technology in Stoke whilst working for Wedgwood doing production management and research.  He later came to faith and followed a calling towards ordination in the Church of England and studied Theology and trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

His ministry was mainly in the West Midlands beginning in Shrewsbury and then in Bloxwich and Walsall where he worked as the Ecumenical Town Centre Chaplain and Vicar of St. Paul’s. This work led to him initiating the £2.5 million church building project which became ‘The Crossing at St. Paul’s’ an active church, social enterprise with community facilities, which has thrived.  He led a large youth club and was a founder Director of a youth enterprise program and pioneered the Vine Project (now the Vine Trust) to convert a former pub in the ‘red-light’ area into a non-alcoholic bar with youth provision and community outreach.

He was invited to Chair Walsall’s innovative Single Regeneration Budget Partnership Board setting up community-engaged initiatives and levering in over £250million of regeneration funding to its various communities including Health and Education Action Zones.  He started a theology course at Walsall College and lectured there in New Testament studies.

During a ministry role in Halesowen Regional Development Manager for the Princes Trust and then became a senior manager in the NHS developing a new hospice service and a multicultural cancer information and support service team.

John was a local Councillor in West Lancashire for 8 years until 2018. Latterly he has worked as a Third Sector community consultant and prevent intervention provider and in a poverty- focussed role for Liverpool Diocese and is currently Assistant Priest at St. Gabriel’s Church in Huyton, having been ordained over 40 years. He is also working on a project at St. Chad’s Church Kirkby to reinvent the use of the building and its surroundings.


PREVIOUS EVENTS IN THE ‘GOOD SERIES’:

25th September 2019
What Makes for Good Youth Engagement?
Stuart Dunne, CEO Youthfocus NW
We are joined by Stuart Dunne, Chief Executive Officer Youthfocus NW and Jess Leigh, a young activist working on a number of issues related to youth, to discuss youth engagement. 
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30th April 2019 
What Makes an Economy Good?
Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
This event is the latest in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. Our last public seminar ‘What Makes for Good Childhood Mental Health?’ included contributions from a range of professionals and academics who work with children. This latest session will ask ‘What makes an economy good?’ and outline how our Global and local economies are going wrong.
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26th February 2019 
What Makes for Good Childhood Mental Health?
Next in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics, this latest event continues to look at child wellbeing with a focus on mental health. It will be led by Edge Hill University’s Vicki Coppock, Professor of Social Sciences: Childhood Studies and Mental Health.
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28th August 2018
‘What makes a Good Childhood?’
This event is the latest in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. We last met in Spring 2018 to discuss ‘What Makes a Good University?’ This time we are focusing on childhood and are keen to welcome parents and people who work with children in any capacity.
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28th March 2018
‘What makes a Good University?’
Next in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. Participants were asked to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good university are.
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11th October 2017
‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?’ (Part II)
A follow up to the successful ‘Good Society’ event we hosted in June where we invited participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.
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29th June 2017
‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?

The Webb Memorial Trust
This event presents the work of the Webb Memorial Trust and its current project, Social Housing and the Good Society, tackling issues such as poverty and equality in Britain. Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), the Webb Memorial Trust will present the findings of their report and invite participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.
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