New Head of Church Growth
08 February 2019 IN: People News
The Revd Mike Starkey, tutor for the Church Army, has been appointed Head of Church Growth at the Diocese of Manchester. This is a new post that will be important for translating the diocesan vision for growth into practical action, with particular responsibility for enabling church planting, fresh expressions of church and pioneer ministry. Mike will help develop and resource lay and ordained leaders and facilitate training to help revitalise the Church.
Mike originally trained as a journalist and worked as a reporter in commercial radio. Following a serious car accident, he had a big change of direction and was ordained into the Church for England. He worked as a vicar in diverse London parishes for nearly 20 years, as well as continuing with writing and broadcasting. After London he was a vicar in mid-Wales and a Canon of Bangor Cathedral. For the past five years Mike has been a tutor for the Church Army in Sheffield, training students for church-based community and outreach work.
Mike is best known as creator of the popular Faith Pictures and Why on Earth…? courses for study groups, and author of several books on faith in today’s culture, including Born to Shop, Restoring the Wonder, and Ministry Rediscovered. He is a regular writer/presenter of BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought and teaches courses in writing for radio for the Church of England.
Speaking of his new appointment, The Revd Mike Starkey said, “I couldn’t be more excited about joining the Diocese of Manchester as Head of Church Growth. Manchester is where my family roots are, and it has again become home in recent years. Partly this new role will be about working with the existing churches of Greater Manchester, to explore ways they can grow in changing times. But it will also be about helping pioneer creative new types of church for this vibrant city. I’d love to help build connections with the huge numbers of people who are interested in faith, but don’t currently feel church is for them.”
The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, said “Mike has a great track record both in growing churches as a vicar and in helping others embrace the opportunities of growth. His appointment will give us the extra capacity we need, so that we can support our parishes and fresh expressions effectively. It is very good news to us all in Manchester Diocese.”
Mike has lived in Didsbury, south Manchester, for the past five years. He has three grown-up children. He loves live music and the arts, and can often be found in Manchester’s music venues and galleries.
Mike will take up his new post on 3 April.