Thank you for visiting the EDMP’s web page. The ‘about’ button (under ‘Menu’) will tell you a little about the two central aims of the project. It is early days for the EDMP (we are just 8 months old!) but what we have started is the result of years of thinking and praying about possible futures for the church in this part of God’s kingdom. Please pray for us as we seek God’s hopeful future for the churches and communities in the project area in the months and years to come.
The project is a collaboration between a group of 9 Anglican parishes, the Diocese of Durham and Cranmer Hall Theological College. By praying and working more closely together we hope to combat isolation, encourage one another, plan collaboratively, share resources and witness spiritual and numerical growth. As we partner with God and each other we expect to see churches and communities transformed. We believe that God has good plans and purposes for his church in East Durham and for the thousands of people living in the villages and towns in the project area.
A further aim of the EDMP is to provide an exciting and challenging place for the church leaders of the future to undertake their pre-ordination training. From autumn 2015 Anglican ordinands will live, worship and serve in a ‘Hub’ in the project area. Students will travel into Cranmer Hall for 2 days of lectures each week in term time. Taking this route through ordination training will be known as the ‘Cranmer Urban Track’ or CUT. The CUT Hub will begin with 2 students in 2015. A further 2 will join them in 2016 and a further 2 in 2017 making a total of 6. Another CUT Hub will start in Middlesbrough at the same time. Further CUT Hub locations will be added in the coming years.