Given the nature of Jo’s work as part of Global Connections – the UK network for world mission – she worked alongside many different organisations and was pivotal in the formation of key projects and partnerships.An example of this was GOfest which brought together a group of organisations to serve local churches and run events in different locations around the UK.
Another key piece of work that Jo was involved in was the Short-Term Mission Forum which brought together those running short-term programmes all over the world. She chaired the forum for 12 years and later took on an advisory role.In addition to the annual residential events run by the forum, she helped develop the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission which has a biennial review process and which has helped to set a high standard of mission practice across the sector.
In her spare time, Jo runs the City Pastors project in Birmingham which seeks to serve the night-time economy in the city. Jo has managed this project from its formation, through to promotion, recruitment, training, and management of 70 volunteers as well as doing monthly shifts.
The project is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021. As well as winning several awards from the Business Improvement District in which it operates, and from West Midlands Police, the project attracted the attention of the Archbishop of Canterbury when he did a shift with Jo on his official visit to Birmingham in 2015.
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