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.
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.
Here are a few ideas of what parishes have done across the diocese as their GAP projects.
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
Lord Jesus Christ,
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.
|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.