A lot of people have been asking me what I'll be doing next, having announced a while back that I am leaving Queen's in the summer. I can now announce that, alongside some concentrated focus on my doctoral research, I will also be ministering in the Mid-Warwickshire Circuit on a part-time basis. I am incredibly excited by this prospect, working alongside lay and ordained colleagues in the implementation of a new mission strategy.
I will not be leaving academia completely as the Susanna Wesley Foundation of Roehampton University, London has offered me a part-time post as Research Officer, focussing on issues of leadership and connexionalism in Methodism. It is a real joy for me to be invited to become part of a Methodist team with a definite outward focus, challenging and equipping the Methodist Church in Britain and beyond to reflect deeply on its life and mission.
I will begin to take up these posts in the autumn and am profoundly grateful for the good wishes I have already received from so many. Please continue to hold me in your thoughts and prayers as I make the transition in the coming weeks and definitely pray for my new colleagues!