Anglican Safe Church and Leadership Conference 2024

Leading Safer Churches: Power and Vulnerability in Church Life

September 2024 – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Join this important leadership conference, focused on equipping Anglican churches to implement safeguarding practices. Its aim is to engage, equip and encourage participants to embrace and adapt Safe Church Guidelines for implementation in their own settings. Sessions on the Safe Church Guidelines will be facilitated by the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission, established by the Anglican Consultative Council. During the programme, bishops and spouses attending will also have access to some additional development days on aspects of episcopal ministry and church life. These will be offered during the week, as supplementary days.

The Conference Programme – What’s On Offer?

Safe Church

September 5-11 (arrivals September 5, departures September 11)

All participants in the conference will get capacity development on implementing safe church guidelines in your setting.

The course will cover:

  • Theological reflections on Safe Church
  • Developing a shared understanding of Safe Church
  • Power and Vulnerability in church life
  • Care for those who are impacted by abuse in the church
  • Developing systems for responding to abuse
  • Basic steps for preventing abuse
  • Justice, healing and reconciliation in relation to abuse
  • Safe Church and the mission of the church

Safe Church and Episcopal Ministry Enrichment

September 4-11 (arrivals September 4, departures September 11)

Bishops and their spouses attending the conference, will take part in the Safe Church sessions, and also benefit from additional leadership development offered by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) and the ACO’s Episcopal Ministry team. These will be run as supplementary sessions, on September 5, 9 and 10.

These additional sessions will respond to such topics as participants may request. These might include:

  • The cost of leadership
  • Navigating disagreement
  • Vision, strategy and implementation
  • Nurturing talent

Who should attend?

  • Provincial Safe Church Representatives
  • Church Leaders committing to play an active role in progressing Safe Church work in their province or diocese, legal counsel (Chancellors and Registrars) 
  • Bishops and their spouses involved in Safe Church work, who would also benefit from wider leadership and ministry input.

Fees

The conference fee of $950 per person includes accommodation, local transport and all meals. Some provision for bursaries is available. Contact the conference organisers for more information.

Conference Organisers

This conference is hosted by The Church of the Province of Central Africa and organised by the International Safe Church Commission of the Anglican Communion in collaboration with the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) and the Episcopal Ministry team of the Anglican Communion Office.

Register to secure your place