The Shoreline Consultancy is the vehicle through which, over the last twenty years, I have been offering a professional service, both in the UK and abroad, to support the development of Christian communities, churches, religious orders and faith-based organisations.
Key to the approach is the creation of interpersonal environments where graceful ‘conversation’ can take place. For in many situations the key question has become, ‘How can we talk together about what is important to us, particularly if we do not agree or find things difficult to articulate?’
The image of the shoreline is also resonant, evoking as it does the vibrant, constantly changing borderlands between the spiritual and the secular; the inward journey and its outward expression. Yet it remains, a place of peace and light – somewhere to go if you want to stop and reflect, to take stock and make choices.
– Mark Davis
Sue has worked with Mark for several years as Office Manager and Accountant. A trained facilitator she has also been directly involved in a number of pastoral projects including days of reflection and facilitator training. She is currently also working as a local Manager of Cruse Bereavement Care.
Mark is an experienced faith-based consultant and facilitator who has been working in a wide variety of Church contexts both in the UK and abroad. A Roman Catholic with a life-long commitment to ecumenism, his particular current interest is in helping faith-based organisations explore and preserve the spiritual legacy of their foundation.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN
With over thirty years experience working with a range of third sector organisations; including NGOs; charities; church and other faith-based mission and development education agencies; schools, colleges and community groups. Mark has developed a particular style and sensitivity appropriate to these contexts. He oversees our digital and print output.
The La Salle Academy is that part of the Australian Catholic University which is devoted to the support and development of the identity and mission of the Catholic Schools of Australia. We at ‘The Shoreline Consultancy’ were invited to create a conversational resource rooted in the formal documents of the Roman Catholic Church about the nature of the Catholic school. The finished work, entitled ‘Voices and Visions’ was launched in 2019 and is now being used widely around Australia. It is designed to encourage reflection and conversation about its major themes.
Cabrini Health is a Roman Catholic, not-for-profit Healthcare provider in Melbourne, Australia, inspired by the spirit and vision of St. Frances Cabrini. What began as a small private hospital in 1948 has developed into a much larger, multi-facetted undertaking with two major hospitals, palliative and eldercare centres, a rehabilitation service, and both a biomedical engineering and a linen service – staffed by over four thousand employees. Mark Davis has been helping Board Members, Executives and Senior Managers explore the on-going significance to the organisation of the spirituality and ‘charism’ of their founding religious order – the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Baptcare is a not-for-profit social care organisation based in Victoria and Tasmania. It emerged as an amalgamation of local initiatives undertaken independent Baptist churches over the last seventy years, becoming the primary focus of practical help for the vulnerable and marginalized by the Baptist tradition of Christianity in that part of Australia. Mark Davis has been assisting Mission Development at Baptcare by devising and delivering a conversational process for leaders in the organisation so that they can explore and embrace the on-going significance of the religious tradition from which it emerged.
Since 2007, Mark Davis has been assisting in the development and delivery of a strategic plan for the future of Northampton Roman Catholic Diocese. Under the leadership and vision of Bishop Peter Doyle, the ‘Walking Humbly’ process has provided a robust framework for the thoughtful development of the diocese in the light of changing contemporary circumstances. Part of our contribution has been the creation of resources and processes to encourage wider participation in and ownership of the mission of the diocese, through, for example, ‘The Micah Conversation’ and ‘Pathways of Formation’.
Mark Davis has a long history of involvement with the Carmelite Orders as facilitator, consultant and trainer. In 2002 he was honoured to be invited to facilitate the Provincial Chapter of the Anglo-Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelite Friars – the first lay person in their long history. He was then engaged by the Province in a number of other capacities, in the UK, Ireland and Australia. This has seen him working not only with the friars but also Carmelite sisters and lay members of the Carmelite Secular Order.
- Mark Davis’ particular expertise lies in facilitating exploration of the spiritual dimension to organizational culture through a conversational approach. This is non-threatening to participants, many of whom may come from other faith traditions or no faith background at all. It is critical to find the right approach to have value in management and leadership practice and accountability.Catherine GarnerExecutive Director, Cabrini Health, Melbourne, Australia
- In trying to see a way ahead for our Province of Franciscan Friars, I found Mark to be very helpful. In this time when religious face a very uncertain future, he helped us have a good conversation about our future without the whole matter being driven by anxiety. He showed a genuine interest in the contribution we believe Franciscans can make the Church and society in general and his facilitation clarified ways of in which we might take this contribution forward.Michael Copps OFMMinister Provincial, OFM British Province
- Key to the successful progress of our Pastoral Development Plan, entitled ‘Walking Humbly with Our God’, has been the part played by Mark Davis. As facilitator, Mark has listened sensitively to priests and people, and to the bishop! He has prompted us to look beyond ourselves and to seek new opportunities to live the Faith and preach the Gospel. As this work takes shape in our parishes and pastoral areas, Mark continues to support and encourage us.Rt. Rev. Peter DoyleR.C. Bishop of Northampton
- A facilitator is the man or woman who performs this liberating task (helping persons to make manifest the potential treasure that lies hidden in almost every small group) and, if he or she does the job well, the members of the group will indeed feel deeply, think deeply and, in some instances, be inspired to discover new ways of being and relating. Mark Davis is such a skilled facilitator…Brian ThorneEmeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia
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