Resources & training

Resources to help Parish Leaders

Church Vestments

Appreciative Inquiry

People of the Way


Bishop Duncan’s Book

Parish Leaders, both Clergy and Lay, can become more successful in their jobs, if they use resources that are freely available and which have been specially prepared to support them in this way.

Where there is (or should be) a lot of information on one subject, a special page has been prepared in the left hand menu. Where there is only a single link, it is listed below.

If you know of any resources which you think should be include please email them to dandjbutcher@mweb

1. What does it mean to be Anglican? What is it about Anglicanism that has led so many to conclude that it provides the most productive spiritual soil for living out the Christian faith? What is it that we have, which we dare not lose? The Heartlands of Anglicanism by Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane

2. Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) was established in 1988 to provide churches with simple, affordable solutions to complex copyright issues. CCLI helps churches maintain their integrity and avoid costly lawsuits, while also giving churches the freedom to worship expressively and spontaneously.

3. Several links to various sites.

4. Steps to becoming an Anglicare Counsellor.

5.Confirmation Certificate Template.

6. A series of 7 Bible studies on “Women in Christ’s Church” by Dr Mary Jean Scott Silk



Contact Revd Barbara Schormann on
082 901 3949 or at

Emmanuel Custom made clerical shirts for men and women
Available in the following fabric options: Poly cotton plain, striped or printed; standard cotton plain, striped or printed; Shweshwe; spun cotton, plain only; Egyptian cotton, plain striped or printed. Option to have contrast fabric on sleeves, collar, and pocket

Please contact Joyce Auret on her Cell: 084-737-4448
or her landline: 011-615-9909
or send her an email:

This small business handmakes vestments and responds to individual church needs. All items are hand-made and individualised in design. It specialises in women’s vestments. There is a choice of hand or machine embroidery, quilting, beading and embellishments.

Churches often need a little sprucing up and no matter how small the order, we will respond to it. We will meet you on site and discuss your needs.

There are no prices and depending on your requirements, we will give you individual quotes. You will be offered a selection of fabric, and the finished item will be costed accordingly. It is a business with minimal staff and no premises so there is no ‘middle person cost’ involved.

We have proudly produced the beautiful stoles for the Diocesan 90th Celebration service, and will show you what we have worked on in our church, and clergy.


Stoles available in four colours for only R250 each.


* Materials are individually discussed, selected and priced
* hand or machine embroidering of personal or parish choice
* quilted (padded) design
* machine embroidery of design for occasion or of personal choice


* Seasonal frontals
* Neutral shades and designs
* Lady, Baptismal and side chapel frontals(coloured, embossed, neutral)


* Stole (4 church seasons or neutral (cream and multi-coloured)
* teaching stole (tippet)
* three point stole
* chasuble
* matching or separate burse and pall


Individual or altar rail

FAIR LINEN (white or cream)
Altar covers
Altar dust covers
Credence cloths
Lavabo towels
Wall hangings, ombri frontals, screens, decorative artwork on theme or occasion of choice


* Wedding Kneeler cushions keepsake
* Matching picture frames and Comments book
* Mementos for guests – notebook, themed bookmarks
* Baptism picture frames, book, godparents and friends notebooks or bookmarks
* First communion memento – booklets, novelty pencils etc
* Confirmation – as above

* Bible (NSRV) in material cover
* Anglican prayer book in cover
* Zip-up bible bag
* Communion set for the sick
* First Communion memento
* Baptism memento
* New member mementos

Item Gallery

Account name: Joyce Auret
Bank: Nedbank (Siemert Road)

Branch code: 192505
Account number:1952319463
Reference: your personal or company name
EFT payments are preferred

Our Diocese has an Appreciative Inquiry Team that is working on various projects throughout the Diocese.

Appreciative Inquiry

The Premise

Positive Image: Positive Action

Ø What we ask determines what we find

Ø What we find determines how we talk

Ø How we talk determines how we imagine together

Ø How we imagine determines what we achieve together


Appreciate: valuing; the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us; affirming past and present strengths, successes and potentials; to perceive those things that give life (health, vitality, excellence) to living systems.

To increase in value.

Inquire: The act of exploration and discovery.

To ask questions; to be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities.

Appreciative Inquiry as a perspective for organization and system change offers the opportunity to take the whole of our experience and to search for the good, the successful, the generative, the exciting as a path to a more successful, life-affirming future. AI Appreciative Inquiry focuses on generating and applying knowledge that comes from inquiry into moments of excellence, periods of exceptional competence and performance – times when people have felt most alive and energized. It provides a strength based and positive approach for creating and sustaining organization change.

The following members of our Diocese have completed AI training:

Meet the AI Team

John Frank

Senior Developer

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If you do not have access to email, please phone Ivy Matthews at the Diocesan Office.

Diocesan Profile Workshops

Workshop Dates

More workshops will be held commencing in March 2014. Watch for details.

Text/HTML Taking the AI Process into your Parish / Organisation:

Please remember as you take this into your parish or organisation, that this process has been designed to celebrate our past, present and future. In our celebration of all that is good in our diocese, let us rejoice in our shared future together.

Click on the links below to find an overview of the AI Process and the relevant documents:

For More Information on Appreciative Inquiry

More about AI

Should you be interested in completing an Appreciative Inquiry course please visit the website of The Wilgespruit Fellowship, Centre for Excellence or contact the Centre on 011 022 5611

Alternatively, the following books are recommended:

The Appreciative Inquiry Foundations course offered at Wilgespruit Fellowship Centre is based on the book ‘Appreciative Inquiry: Change At The Speed of Imagination’ by Jane Watkins, Ralph Kelly and Bernard Mohr, Jossey Bass, 2011 available at

The following books are good reference reading – related research to AI:

Barker, Joel Arthur (1993): Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. 2nd ed. Harper Business, NY.

Berger, Peter L.; Luckmann, Thomas (1966): The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. 7th ed. Pelican Books, England.

DeBono, Edward (1982): DeBono’s Thinking Course. 1st ed. Facts on File Publications, New York.

DeBono, Edward (1990): I’m Right, You’re Wrong. Penguin.

Eisler, Riane (1994): The Chalice and the Blade. Harper & Row, New York.

Elliott, Charles (1999): Locating the Energy for Change: An Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry. International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Ferguson, Marilyn (1982): The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in our Times. HarperCollins, Glasgow.

Freire, Paulo (1994): Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Penguin, London.

Gergen, Kenneth J. (1991): The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life. BasicBooks/ Harper‑Collins, US

Gergen, Ken (1994): Realities and Relationships. Harvard Press, Cambridge.

Goleman, Daniel (1996): Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Hampden-Turner, Charles (1990): Creating Corporate Culture. Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass.

Hampden-Turner, Charles (1994): Charting the Corporate Mind. Macmillan, New York.

Hampden-Turner, Charles (1994): The Seven Cultures of Capitalism. Doubleday, New York.

Handy, Charles (1989): The Age of Unreason. Arrow Books, Ltd., Random House, London.

Handy, Charles (1994): The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future. Hutchinson, London.

Harvey, Jerry (1994): The Abilene Paradox and other Meditations on Management. University Associates, San Diego, Calif.

Johnson, Barry (1992): Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems. HRD Press, Amherst, Mass.

Kelm, Jacqueline Bascorbert (2005) Appreciative Liiving. The Principles of Appreciative Inquiry in Personal Life. Venet.

Land, George; Jarman, Beth (1994): Breakpoint and Beyond. HarperCollins, New York.

Ludema, James D with Diana Whitney, Bernard J.Mohr & Thomas J. Griffin (2003):The Appreciative Inquiry Summit. Berrett –Koehler, San Francisco.

Mintzberg, Henry (1994): The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning: Reconceiving Roles for Planning, Plans, Planners. The Free Press: Macmillan, NY

Mohr, Bernard J & Jane Magruder Watkins (2002): The Essentials of Appreciative Inquiry: A Roadmap for Creating Positive Futures. IMS Pegasus, VT

Morgan, Gareth (1994): Images of Organisations. Saga Publication. Dartmouth Publishing Company, Hampshire, England.

Peters, Tom (1992): Liberation Management: Necessary Disorganisation for the Nanosecond Nineties. Fawcett Columbine/ Ballantine Books, NY

Peters, Tom (1994): Thriving on Chaos. Harper & Row, New York.

Pritchett, Price (1995): New Work Habits for a Radically Changing World: 13 Ground Rules for Job Success in the Information Age. 1st ed. Pritchett & Associates, Inc. Dallas, Texas.

Senge, Peter M. (1994): The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation. Doubleday, New York.

Senge, Peter M.; Kleiner, Art; Roberts, Charlotte; Ross, Richard B.; Smith, Bryan J (1994): The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organisation. Doubleday, New York.

Sheldrake, Rupert (1994): Seven Experiments That Could Change the World. Forth Estate, Ltd., London.

Also by Sheldrake: “The Science Delusion” and “Dogs that know when their owners are coming home”.

Srivastva, Suresh: Fry, Ronald E.; Cooperrider, David L. (Eds.)(1990): Appreciative Management and Leadership: The Power of Positive Thought and Action in Organisations. Jossey‑Bass, San Francisco.

Weisbord, Marvin R.: Productive Workplaces

Weisbord,, Marvin R. (Ed) (1994): Discovering Common Ground

Wheatley, Margaret (1994): Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organisations from an Orderly Universe. Berrett‑Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Whitney, Diana & Aamanda Trosten-Bloom. (2003): The Power of Appreciative Inquiry. A Practical Guide to Positive Change. Berrett‑Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Waldrop, M. Mitchell (1992): Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. 1st ed. Simon & Schuster, New York.

Capra, Fritsjof (1995?): The Web of Life

About People of the Way

People of the Way

The People of the Way series is a locally produced, discipleship course. It was produced by the Diocese of Johannesburg to create a greater sense among the Parishes and their members of belonging to the Diocese and to talk to the needs, opportunities and challenges of the Diocese, and to grow the vision of the ministry of all believers

The people of the way course is based on a locally, contextually developed DVD series of seven themes which are as inclusive of the entire life of a Parish as possible. This means that course material has been developed for:

· Sunday schools

· Confirmation classes

· Youth groups

· Bible study and prayer groups

· Worship Leaders

The course particularly engages young peoples’ lives. It is based on the liturgical imperatives of the Lent and Easter calendar, with sermon material and well-developed liturgical material that can be used as a resource by parishes as they craft their specific Lent programmes.

The Philosophy of the Course

This series was entirely written, produced and directed by local people and used Appreciative Inquiry methodology as part of its process. The aims of the course are to develop the ministry of all disciples and so building relationships and formation are a crucial focus rather than simply imparting information. The use of stories as a teaching medium was used as it lends itself to formation and fits with the narrative culture of Africa.


The content of the Course

The seven themes of discipleship that form the DVD are:

· A celebration of the People of the Way – discipleship, community, celebration

· The Way of Penitence

· Jesus’ Vision of the Way

· The Call to the Way – the call costs all.

· A Spirituality of the Way

· The Way is a life of service

· The Way is for the World – being the best for the world, not the best in the world.

· The Way leads to Jerusalem – a place of conflict, death and resurrection.

There are four other themes that can be used during Holy Week that have sermon and liturgical material. These are: The Way of Integrity, The Way of Love, The Way of the Cross and The Way of Resurrection .

If you are thinking of using the course in your church please ring Cally Tuckie on 082-901-5857 for more details.

More about the DVD and manuals.


There are 7 episodes in this DVD series. The episodes consist of teaching around the theme of discipleship and a story which shows an example of this is lived out in practice in the lives of individuals and parishes. The DVD is contextual, African and Anglican


Designed for those doing sermons and teaching in their churches and those leading worship. It is also helpful for those leading study groups as it gives theological insight and a depth of understanding regarding discipleship.


These are small manuals containing small group discussion questions and personal challenges for further mediation and reflection during the week. It is recommended that every person in the group should have one. They are only R30.00


It contains exciting ideas for teaching youth the deep truths of their faith and for building disciples. There are ice breaker ideas, games and discussions and prayers.


A resource of Sunday school teaches to help make their lessons vibrant and to bring the message of discipleship to children in an age appropriate manner.


To be used with those who are preparing for confirmation. It is recommended that each candidate has their own copy.

If you want to obtain Resources

For any parish or Diocese who would like to use the People of the Way Course DVDs and manuals are available at the Johannesburg Diocesan office. Ring Tumi on 011-375-2700

Bishop Duncan’s Book

Breaking a Mould Memories of a Bishop by Duncan Buchanan

Duncan Buchanan believed that the church lives to be God’s influence for goodness and truth in society. He loved to teach and write and was convinced that the church, all the people of God in South Africa, have a responsibility to set an example in terms of integrity, honesty, morality, work ethic, faithfulness in relationships, servant leadership – to fulfil Desmond’s dream of a ‘rainbow nation’ and God’s will for our ‘new’ democracy.

This book, Breaking a Mould, the text of which was completed shortly before he died, is based on his memories of the 14 years he was Bishop of Johannesburg, spanning some very turbulent and difficult years in the history of South Africa.

 Please direct all enquiries and orders directly to the publishers at

R130 plus postage and packing

 142 pages, paperback, 26 pages of photographs

There are two ways to purchase –

 1.       Visit our online store at where you can securely purchase using either your credit card, debit card, or by linking directly to your bank to effect funds transfer.
Please note: there are two options available when buying from our online store – one for buyers inside South Africa and another for those outside South Africa’s borders.

2.       By direct deposit into our bank account. Account details are as follows –

Account name: Pretext
Account Type: current
Account number: 62006897815

Branch Code: 200409
Reference: Buchanan

Important: once you have made your deposit, please send us the proof of payment to or to fax 021-788-9423.

For any other enquiries, please email – or Di Buchanan: diandunc@netactive