Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


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About Partnerships

Our 18 Partnerships were formally established by Bishop Séamus at Pentecost 2017. You can learn more about them, or visit our partnerships directory.


Guidelines and other resources developed for use by partnerships.


Have a look at the questions being asked about partnerships and the answers offered. You might have some of your own too.

Sharing Area

Why reinvent the wheel? This area will include ideas and developments from partnerships. Send yours in too!

The Forward Together in Hope website is no longer being updated but is still accessible.

All of the resources developed over the last 3 years will be available here until further notice.

Partnership Resources

This section contains a range of resources developed to support and assist Partnerships in getting up and running. The Guidance Documents will be added to over time and any amendments reflected in the date and version number.



Partnerships - One Year On, A Time for Reflection

This document provides partnerships with the opportunity to review what has happened over the last year, celebrate what has been achieved and identify what additional help and support would be most useful. Partnerships are asked to provide a copy of their review to their Episcopal Vicar by Friday 6 July 2018.


Guidance Documents

First Steps

Partnership Guidelines – First Steps (pdf - word)

Issued in April 2017 this 16-page document provides some initial information for partnerships across a wide range of aspects. It includes an outline remit for a Partnership Development Group.



Detailed Guidelines

Over time we will be issuing more detailed guidelines covering a range of key aspects of partnership development. Please provide us with feedback on these and how they might be improved upon.


Some Thoughts about Producing a Partnership Development Plan (pdf - word)

This document, first issued in June 2017, offers advice and suggestions about producing a Development Plan for your Partnership. The ‘template’ included in the appendix is just an example that you may wish to adopt, adapt or ignore. It is purely fictitious but hopefully contains enough realistic prompts to give a general idea of the approach.

Financial Guidelines for Partnerships

The Diocesan Finance Team has developed guidelines to assist partnerships in setting up a Partnership Bank Account and establishing a Partnership Finance Committee. These documents and others are available below:

The previously published Guidelines for Parish Finance Committees are also available.

The Role of Chair of the Partnership Development Group

We have been asked for advice about the role of the role of the Chair of the Partnership Development Group and the sort of skills such a role requires. This document might provide a useful starting point.

Chair of the Partnership Development Group Role and Skills


Other Resources

Key Contacts for Partnerships

The roles of Partnership Chair and Partnership Dean are vital in ensuring that our new partnerships get up and running successfully and Diocesan Departments have a key role in providing help, advice and support. On the suggestion of one of the lay chairs we have created a leaflet outlining the key Diocesan roles and responsibilities of direct relevance to partnerships.


Pointing the Way:

Reflections from across the Diocese

Issued in May 2017, this 8-page document provides a concise summary of the first part of the very substantial ‘Pointing the Way’ report discussed by Bishop Séamus and the Board of Trustees at their residential meeting in January 2017. The themes it contains emerged from the listening exercise that took place during Forward Together in Hope and draw from the numerous questionnaire responses, meetings and informal conversations.


Youth Ministry Toolkit:

The Youth Ministry Toolkit is an online resource, providing ideas, inspiration and practical help and information for partnerships in our Diocese. This resource will aid partnerships to respond to the needs of young people and encourage them to take their place in the Church and contribute to the wider community.


Formation Development:


Developing Discipleship

This booklet offers guidance and support to Partnership Development Groups and others in relation to developing Formation Pathways.


You are more significant than you realise' leaflet

This leaflet, aims to help all of us to reflect on how we might be a better disciple in our community today.


Moving forward involves growth and change’ postcard

This postcard, made available to all parishioners, encourages them to reflect on their role in their worshipping community.


Copies still available - There are still some hard copies of the Developing Discipleship document, the leaflet and post card available. If you would like some sent to you please contact Amy Cameron.

Thinking about our 'Why'

Simon Sinek, an international leadership coach believes that we should always start with our 'Why' and then move into our 'What' and our 'How'. Beginning the partnership process with a clear vision of 'Why' enables people to build a bright future together.

This presentation is a suggested starting point to assist Partnership Development Groups in reaching a unified vision statement; Establishing Your Purpose.

A Prayerful navigation into Partnerships:

As we begin to move into partnerships and form development groups this short document offers points of reflection on change. It is intended to take individuals or groups through a prayerful process and to acknowledge the journey. It is based on the ‘Navigating Pastoral Transitions’ book by Marti R. Jewell, Liturgical Press 2013.

Navigating Pastoral Transitions

Recommended reading on Discipleship

Fr. James Mallon:

  • Divine Renovation – From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish

  • Divine Renovation Guidebook - A Step by Step Manual for Transforming Your Parish

Sherry A. Waddell:

  • Forming Intentional Disciples – The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

  • Fruitful Discipleship – Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World

  • Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples

Paul Cannon and Sharon Beech:

  • To Know Him, To Love Him, To Serve Him - forming Parish Evangelisation Teams


Partnership Matters


The eighth edition of ‘Partnership Matters’ newsletter is now available
(pdf - word).



Edition 7 - August 2018.

Edition 6 - June 2018.

Edition 5 - April 2018.

Edition 4 - February 2018.

Edition 3 - December 2017.

Edition 2 - October 2017.

Edition 1 - August 2017.