1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The PCC of Holy Trinity Lyonsdown, New Barnet is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The PCC of Holy Trinity Lyonsdown, New Barnet complies with its obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: - To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution; To administer membership records; To promote the objects of the charity; To manage our employees and volunteers; To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications); To inform you of news, events, activities and services run by Holy Trinity Lyonsdown; To maintain the land and buildings of Holy Trinity Lyonsdown, New Barnet.

Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations. Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract. Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation. Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim provided: - the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of Holy Trinity Lyonsdown, New Barnet holds about you;
  • The right to request that the PCC of Holy Trinity Lyonsdown, New Barnet corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of Holy Trinity Lyonsdown, New Barnet to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority)
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Parish Administrator Ruth Loh at ruth@lyonsdown.org

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Last updated 15th May 2018


Our Mission and Vision

Lyonsdown is a people saved and gathered by God through Jesus. We’re an evangelical Church of England church. Our mission is the self-perpetuating mission given to the church until the end of time by the risen Lord Jesus Christ: to make disciple-makers - that is to say, to make followers of Jesus who will make followers of Jesus. To that end we’re committed to sharing and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through the prayerful preaching and teaching of the Bible. Our conviction is that that when God’s Word is faithfully and prayerfully explained, it means that God has gone before and prepared the way for his voice to be heard and his supreme power to be unleashed within our world.

As a church we work together to reach every section of our community with the Gospel. We believe that all church members should be makers of disciple-makers and we are thus committed to the biblical concept of every-member ministry (Ephesians 4:12). That means we favour vine-growing (the individual making of disciple-makers) to trellis-building (centrally-organized framework events). We therefore emphasize the individual training and equipping of our members for the task they have of making disciple-makers in all the places in which God has providentially situated them.

Our love for God and our Gospel-love for those around us is shown in our love for each other - and a warm and welcoming attitude towards guests and visitors. Our congregation includes all age groups and reflects a wide range of ethnic and social backgrounds, typical of the North London cosmopolitan community in which we live.

We seek to strengthen our links with other like-minded evangelicals. Our guest speakers at houseparties or missions have included Dick Lucas, David Jackman, William Taylor, Phillip Jensen and Alistair Begg.

Our current staff team and Associates

Our Location

Lyonsdown is located within an attractive area of North London, close to Oak Hill theological college, 20 minutes from the City, 30 minutes from Cornhill, 10 minutes from the M25 and 5 minutes from the open Hertfordshire countryside. Oak Hill students and their families sometimes choose us as their local church.

Our Staff

Our permanent staff team of Pastor-Teacher, Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Youth), Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Women), Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Children) and Administrator are presently supported by four Associates.

Our Ministry

Training for ministry is our top priority in order to equip every member of our church to be active and effective makers of disciple-makers. This priority has had a multiplying effect on our outreach, as well as representing a powerful stimulant to the spiritual development of our own church members. Our priority commitment to training is shown in our ministry training groups at which men and women from our congregation are taught and equipped to conduct active practical ministry. This training finds expression in Vineyard, a weekly mid-week outreach ministry that includes a centrally-served meal, small group Bible studies, a central talk and discussions or an open question time. Over 100 of our church family attend this event each week. The detailed outworking of Vineyard is conducted through individual Vineyard table outreach events, prayer triplets and one-to-one ministry. Church missions are conducted through our Vineyard tables.


Our ministry also sponsors a broad range of activities that seek to reach into every area of our community and wider afield. Our regular, weekly ministry also includes preaching and teaching at nursing homes and a well-attended women’s book group. Many individual outreach events take place, sponsored by our many different ministry groups as well as by individual Vineyard tables. Much of our ministry is to children and young families. Our commitment to families and children is reflected in our crèche facilities, children’s slots within our meetings, a well-developed and thriving Sunday School, two children’s mid-week clubs, youth and children's tables at our weekly Vineyard meeting, large parent and toddler groups, an annual children’s holiday club and other individual adult and children's events at different times of year. Every event we sponsor has a carefully-prepared and boldly-presented Gospel message at its centre. We also actively support summer camps for children.

But the greatest emphasis of our daily ministry is on sustained one-to-one work, something in which we seek to get everyone involved and in which every age-range and category of person is covered.

Our Need

Our policy is to invest in people. Our Associates are deliberately exposed to a wide and varied range of ministry experience. We seek Associates for 2019/20 of either gender with servant hearts, good characters and a willingness and ability to work within a team. Employment length would be one year with a possibility of extension to two.

What We Offer

We offer participation in the ongoing ministry of a Gospel- committed, flexible and growing church in a pleasant and convenient location. Ministry opportunities abound. Our Associate Ministry Training Course (now in its fifteenth year) is well established and supplemented by the widest variety of ministry experience and service opportunities. It consists of:

  • A weekly training half-day. This training is set within a pastoral context but founded upon the necessity of an ongoing close personal walk with Jesus.
  • A weekly staff and Associates morning meeting (followed by lunch together) which also provides a forum for further training and discussion of ministry issues. These sessions include preaching from set 'gobbets’ (passages of Scripture).
  • Periods are set aside each week to provide opportunities for Staff and Associate training in Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek. We place a high priority on technical training of this kind and the creating of time and opportunities for the careful reading of high quality theological literature.
  • Staff and Associates join the congregational ministry training groups we run for church members.
  • Staff and Associates also receive the weekly Vineyard training package which has to be prepared for delivery at the Vineyard small-group Bible studies at which each of them will either lead or assist.
  • All staff and Associates are encouraged to undertake the M'Cheyne daily Bible-reading course that will take the reader through the entire Bible in a year and the New Testament and Psalms twice. The readings also form the basis of ministry discussions throughout the year.
  • All staff and Associates are also encouraged to set aside a fixed daily period for serious reading of classic Christian books.
  • A high priority is placed on individual personal godliness and growth. Female Associates have an opportunity to raise and discuss any issues or concerns they may have with a mature Christian woman who works in the parish as well as our Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Women). There is also a separate College of Mentors within the church for the care and encouragement of Associates.
  • Professional training days (organized by the Proclamation Trust, the Good Book Company, TnT Ministries and the South East Gospel Partnership) are attended at St Helen's, Oak Hill and wider afield. The London Conventions for Men and Women are also normally supported. Lyonsdown also sponsors its own separate Men's and Women's Conventions.
  • Two weeks are set aside each year during which the permanent staff team and Associates retreat together to a country location for reading. Discussions on these occasions stimulate the exploration of further perspectives of Gospel ministry - especially within the modern cosmopolitan urban context.
  • Our ministry training is supplemented by a numerous and wide variety of preaching opportunities and real ministry assignments for which feedback is given.
  • Associates are strongly encouraged to join the Oak Hill Library (subsidized by us to half-price for first year Associates and free for second-year Associates and staff members). The Oak Hill Library has proved a hugely valuable educational resource for us all.

First-year Associates may be invited to continue for a second year in our rolling two-year programme. Our present full-time salaried staff members are all former Associates. Comfortable accommodation is provided for Associates free of charge. Living expenses in excess of £5,000 are paid over the period of Association in three advance termly payments. Associates are not asked to contribute to this or raise any kind of funding themselves. All business expenses are met, including travel, telephone and internet access. Vacation entitlement over the year (excluding August which is free) is five weeks and six Sundays. Associates are required to take one and a half days off every week. We believe that our Associate training offers a unique service and development opportunity grounded within a live and classic parish ministry context. And we believe that the experience will serve our Associates to the end of their lives. Our next intake of Associates will start work on Thursday 29 August 2019 and finish after duties on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

We have also successfully sponsored staff members and Associates into full-time Christian leadership and ministry positions.



People sometimes think that a centralized (ie non-church-based) preaching course or ministry training scheme offers more than a church-based Associateship. But this is misleading. Actually the reverse is the case. What makes an Associateship here distinctive from such centralized courses is:


An Associate will be immersed in real, active, ongoing pastoral ministry for five or five and a half days a week. The inclusion of optional teaching in New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew highlights a difference between our training and that of non-church-based courses. And unlike centralized non-church-based courses, every single part of the training received is directly connected to the pressing realities of authentic Gospel ministry. We strongly believe that academic reading and rigour must be accompanied by as much practical pastoral experience as possible – and indeed set within such a context.


Since our Associate training focuses on pastoral ministry (ie Bible teaching and preaching) within the immediate and ongoing context of a church’s actual life, a big emphasis is placed on expository Bible preaching and teaching. But systematic theology and practical topics will also be covered - all from the point of view of active ministry within a typical parish, applied into the lives of real men, women and children - and taught by people who are themselves doing that on a daily basis.


Speaking Practice

Whilst a centralized preaching or ministry training scheme might offer 20 opportunities to preach (mainly within an academic classroom context to fellow students), an Associate here is likely to have at least twice that number or more - and nearly all of them in ‘live’ environments where the experience will be real. Associates will receive constructive criticism and feedback from those who are themselves experienced and actively involved in those actual ministry situations. And if they choose to join our corps of open-air preachers (such a commitment is entirely voluntary) or street evangelists, Associates will experience the sheer joy of taking the Gospel to the market-place - not merely practising such a thing within a seminar room.

Preaching Taught By Preachers

Those who teach Associates to preach and teach are not peripatetic speakers without pastoral responsibility but experienced pastor- teachers with ongoing responsibilities of preaching at least twice a week to their own congregations - people for whom they carry the daily duty of spiritual care. Our commitment is to have Associates taught the ministry of the Word by active and practising pastors.


Dedicated Teaching Staff

Because our staff members are actively committed in real-world day-to-day pastoral ministry, the teaching Associates receive will be imbued with an urgent and highly practical concern to teach preaching and teaching that touches and changes lives within an authentic church-life context. This sharpens the edge of all the instruction Associates receive. Theory will be applied to practice. Instruction will continually relate to ongoing, up-to-the-minute, real-life situations.

High Quality Speakers

Because we are situated in North London, we have immediate and convenient access to many central events with speakers of international standing. It is our policy for our staff and Associates to attend all events of this kind that will expose us to top-quality expository and ministry skills from around the world.

A Rich and Varied Peer Group

Within the congregational ministry training schemes and the congregation itself, Associates will be working with and ministering to the very widest range of nationality, ethnicity, age, background and pastoral need. This will widen the perspectives and boundaries of Associates - and challenge them with the huge range of communication and application required of faithful Gospel ministry. Associates will see that there is something very healthy, wholesome and practical in training that remains within the context of a real church with genuine needs.


Independent Information

Mark Birri, our Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Youth) and a former Associate, is willing to give a private independent assessment of the Lyonsdown Associate scheme to anyone interested. His contact details are: mark@lyonsdown.org

Other independent assessments are also available from the following (they have been asked to tell enquirers exactly what they think!):

Charlotte Cornes - our Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Women) and former Associate: charlotte@lyonsdown.org

Mei Shan Dibble our Assistant Pastor-Teacher (Children) and former Associate: mei@lyonsdown.org Visits to Lyonsdown are welcomed at any time.

Taking it Further?

We are always over-subscribed with Associate applications and we generally work on a first-come, first-served basis. If you think you might be interested, we recommend enquiring as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Contact Charles Dobbie: 020 8216 3786 or charles@lyonsdown.org

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Our mission is to make disciple-makers. That means making followers of Jesus who will make followers of Jesus. We didn’t invent this. The risen Jesus commanded it of all Christian believers until he returns. That’s when he will judge everyone, sending each to an unchangeable eternal destiny.

So nothing matters more than making disciple-makers. And we long for others to partner with us in this God-glorifying enterprise for which the universe was created and for which Jesus died.