Creative Action Methods Practitioner
Based in Sheffield
Meredith Evans holds a certificate in Sociodrama and Action Methods awarded in 2009. He is a Methodist Deacon (methodistdiaconalorder.org.uk). He currently works as a Church Minister and has been a Chaplain in the UK’s Prison Service and the National Health Service. He was ordained in 1992.
Most of this work occurs within pastoral, mission, and ministry contexts facilitating groups in churches and community for mutual support, spirituality, education, training, team building and organisational development using action methods whenever possible. He uses action methods for one-to-one coaching, development and support for those within the faith sector, and is a Spiritual Director/Accompanist and Supervisor. He also uses Bibliodrama in his church educational work, which explores the narratives and story of written texts through simple creative action, often providing a ‘deep learning’ experience for the participants.
For many years he regularly promoted awareness of the ‘Service-Users Experience’ in mental health settings through Verbatim Theatre performance and group-work, primarily with NHS staff. In 2010 he developed training for those who lead, speak, or perform in group or worship settings. This focuses on becoming attuned to the creative processes and potential surrounding such events. Since 2011 he has also been involved in Playback Theatre (sometimes used as a tool for increasing community cohesion) which improvises real life stories told by audience members.
He is keen to encourage and promote the use of Sociodrama and Creative Action Methods as he believes people, churches, groups, organisations and wider society can change for the good through their careful use. Training in these methods totally changed his approach to ministry and spirituality by understanding the need to facilitate Spontaneity and Creativity in individuals and groups.