The following resources all help churches become more intentional in their thinking on mission and ministry and have been handpicked by members of the Outreach Team based at Church House.
A simple approach to discerning and following God’s call on your Church.
This material is a straightforward way of looking at your church, your community and God’s call on you as his people in the place you are.
Recognising that many ways of looking at your vision and planning as a church can feel overly mechanistic, Cultivating Church uses a more organic approach that leaves (and indeed requires) space for listening to God. It understands that each church is unique. It also appreciates that life is complicated and that God sometimes does unexpected and amazing things.
The ‘Cultivating Church’ booklet outlines the stages of discerning your purpose, values and vision as a Church. It also suggests how you might create a simple plan for beginning to fulfil that vision.
There is a sample ‘Away Day’ programme and questionnaire that will help you practically to do the work needed to develop those plans and purposes.
Jesus Shaped People
Jesus Shaped People is a whole church discipleship adventure that recognises the priorities that Jesus modelled in his three-year ministry.
The Jesus Shaped People journey is for churches who want to model their vision and the shape of their mission around Jesus’ ministry. This helps enable God’s people to feel equipped as they worship together as a gathered church, and then step out as confident disciples as a sent church to the frontlines where God has placed each of us.
It identifies 5 key characteristics of Jesus’ ministry, and helps churches explore how they can better fulfil the same ministry in their own context. These characteristics are: People, Teaching, Team Building, Prayer and Prophetic Challenge.
For more details see www.jesusshapedpeople.net
Leading Your Church into Growth
A long-standing training course, aimed at leaders (lay and ordained). It’s vision is to help parishes:
- Grow in depth of discipleship
- Reach people of all generations so they come to faith
- Make a difference in the wider community
It is lead by a wide team of practitioners across the theological spectrum and context and who have been involved in churches that grew. See www.leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk
A short, easily accessible course to help everyone share their faith naturally and relevantly. It will inspire you to share your faith and will give you practical suggestions to help you as you talk about Jesus with the people you meet.
Conversations with Christians are one of the most important influences in bringing people to faith. In this course, there are six encouraging, video-based sessions with short films, inspirational, short testimonies, real-life examples from people who are talking Jesus, and a short, easy-to-follow course book.
There is plenty of chance to discuss with others, and for everyone to feel more confident in sharing their faith. Based on research, this course from Hope Together, the Church of England and the Evangelical Alliance, is accessible and useful for churches of all traditions. See www.talkingjesus.org
St. Hild Centre for Church Planting
A national centre for church planting in the North of England. Based at centres across the North of England, it offers course, training and webinars on issues around Church planting.
See www.sthildplanting.org for more details.
The Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication
The Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication supports leaders, church teams and diocese across London, England and beyond as they multiply disciples, churches and networks.
CCX is led by the Bishop of Islington, the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe. In 2015, Bishop Ric was consecrated as the Bishop of Islington in order to support the Diocese of London’s goal of creating new worshipping communities across the capital.
They’re part of the Church of England but work with many denominations and networks.
As well as long-term (8 – 12 month) courses focussed on church growth or multiplication (costs £400-1600), they have a range of webinars to access, and an annual conference. You can access some materials by joining for free, or all the content for £50 per year.
See www.ccx.org.uk for more information.