The National Deaneries Network

New Deanery Briefing:
Leadership Challenges in a post-pandemic church

with Richard Wightman, Church Leader
7:30pm Wednesday 10 November 202

What links Network Rail and expediential church growth?
The answer: Richard Wightman the speaker for this Deanery Briefing.

Prior to becoming a fulltime Pastor with the New Life Church in Milton Keynes, Richard was responsible for developing and managing the strategy for the passenger business of Network Rail handling an income of £1.6bn each year.

So, he knows a thing or two about strategy, planning, resource management and developing leaders.

At a time when many deaneries are increasingly being called on to become a proactive partner in developing strategies to support our parishes in their mission and ministry we can learn a lot in sharing experiences with our brothers and sisters in other dominations.

So what can we learn from Richard’s experience?

In this Deanery Briefing Richard will look at the challenges we face in the new world post pandemic focusing on:

  • Handling fear in myself and others
  • Handling differing perspectives amongst church members
  • Recovering lost connections and lost momentum
  • What to do about technology given the plethora of choices and limited resources

Then in the second part of the evening:

  • Identifying and developing leaders and leadership skills amongst lay members
  • Practical actions for growing churches.
Richard’s Goal

Richards’s goal is to advance the kingdom of God and is passionate about equipping church members to be effective ambassadors for Christ.

It is this love of Jesus and bringing to bear the skills he acquired in the railway industry that, under his leadership, the church has grown from 175 to over 850 and co-ordinating a worldwide network of over 3000 churches.

Booking and More Details


The National Deaneries Network is committed to the support and development of deaneries as units for mission and ministry. It was formerly known as the Church House Deaneries Group and the steering group continues to meet in Church House Westminster.

The Network organises a conference every two years which is particularly valued by Lay Chairs and Area Deans as a space for mutual support, networking and shared learning.

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