03 February 2020
Deacon Eunice Attwood has been announced as the Methodist Church’s Church at the Margins Officer, a new position on the Evangelism & Growth Team aimed at building on the biblical connection between evangelism and social justice and starting a movement of new Christian communities led by people who have been marginalised by society.
This strategic role is part of the Church’s ongoing work to reaffirm its mission, known as Our Calling, and to be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church for the 21st century.
Eunice Attwood brings over twenty years’ experience of ordained diaconal ministry from a variety of contexts, including city- and town-centred ministry amongst marginalised and vulnerable communities, where she helped start and grow many fresh expressions of church. Serving as the Vice-President of the British Conference in 2010-2011, she has significant experience of working with diverse groups of people across the Methodist Connexion.
Over the last eight years, Eunice has been the Tutor in Pastoral Theology at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She is also one of the launch team leaders for New Inclusive Church Birmingham, a church plant started out of a deep commitment to living out the love of Jesus in practical, unexpected, and transforming ways.
Eunice commented: “In the light of increasing economic poverty and the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, we need to embrace the commitment to be a Church at the Margins led by those at the margins, demonstrating God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ for all people.”
Trey Hall, Director of Evangelism and Growth with the Connexional Team, commented: “I am absolutely delighted that Eunice will be joining us and offering leadership in this crucial dimension of evangelism and pioneering. Her passion, intelligence and insight, and spiritual joy will bring energy and strategic shape to our shared calling to be a Gospel people who speak of, listen for, and live out the goodness of a God for all.”