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GAP Overview

The primary aim of Growth Action Planning is to help each church in the Diocese to focus on what God longs for it to be like in 5 years time. The church will then decide on its priorities in the coming year.

The aim of this is to ensure that each church uses its energy and talents wisely. It follows from this that the most important thing in GAP is to discern God’s calling for your church and this means that prayer is central to all that we do in GAP.


Impact Booklet

The Parish Development team with the help of communications have put together an 'impact booklet' in it is what churches all over the Diocese have been doing as part of their GAP projects. The booklet will be sent out to each church in the diocese with the idea of sharing what you have been doing.

A big thank you to all the churches that sent in projects and photos.


GAP ideas

Here are a few ideas of what parishes have done across the diocese as their GAP projects.

St Bartholomew’s Thurstaston and St Chad’s Irby

St Matthew’s Church, Edgeley, Stockport

St Bartholomew's Church Minshull



GAP 4 Parish Pack

GAP 4 Summary Form

Reaching new generations by starting a new congregation

Adapting existing worship

Reaching people just a few years younger

How to produce a Parish Vision


Episcopal Nudges


This year GAP focuses on Episcopal Nudges. The 3 Bishops were asked what they would like to see happen in Churches in GAP 4. Each Bishop came up with a ‘nudge’ their ideas of how to grow churches and to reach out to younger people. You may have already heard about these at the GAP launch evenings so here is a summary and some links to some more information. Episcopal Nudges



GAP prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,
You command and inspire your church to make disciples:
May our church become a joyful and vibrant community of welcome, worship and service, spreading hope to those around us and attracting others to the fire of your love:
May your Spirit be at work through our Growth Action Planning, helping us to catch a vision for your church and to serve you faithfully, to your glory and honour.


7 corporate disciplines to help grow the local church

These whole-church disciplines draw on reflections on church growth by the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft. The disciplines identify the elements essential to robust church life. Below you’ll find links to a series of films introducing the 7 corporate disciplines plus a written article with an appendix suggesting how to use the disciplines to carry out a church health check.

Download 'An introduction to the 7 corporate disciplines'





GAP1 - 2009 to 2010

GAP2 - 2010 to 2011 

GAP3 - 2012 to 2013 


If you would like any further help with GAP then please contact a member of the Parish Development team who will be more than happy to help.


View AllEvents

School holiday fun, food and activity
25/04/2017 - Church House

for any churches offering food and activities during school holidays or churches who would like to offer a similar provision in the future
Vicar of Baghdad to visit Heswall
29/04/2017 - Heswall

How does someone maintain not just their faith under so much attack?
Salt Sunday 2017
07/05/2017 - Marston

A mix of interactive art, music and science.


Bishop's House (more)

Confirmations - services in 2017
A full list of dates and services in the Archdeaconries of Macclesfield and Chester.

Bishop's CrestAD CLERUM - Jan 2017
Includes items on the Lay Conference and Bishops' Quiet days.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
28 March - 6 April 2017

Archdeacons Visitation Services 2017

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