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1 Springtime in the Church?

2 More Stories some examples

3 An Outline Process 1.Build Mission Centred Values 2.Listen, Pray and form Vision 3.Prune a little 4.Form a team 5.Feed your imagination 6.Explore partnerships 7.Form community 8.Allow growth to maturity 9.Maintain Connexion 10.Share what you are doing

4 Pictures of the Process 1.The Journey 2.Farming pictures 3.Having children 4.Death and Resurrection

5 1. Build Mission Centred Values To share Gods mission To welcome others To reach out to new communities Service and discipleship Doing as Jesus did: sharing peoples lives and bringing the gospel to where they are Awareness of the Spirits work A continuous process – nourished by mission

6 As the Father has sent me, so I send you John 20.21

7 2. Listen, Pray and form Vision To the local community and culture Mission audit What is God doing? What is Gods call? To focus on what you are already doing? To begin something new? Both?

8 When Jesus saw the crowds he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to the disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest field Matthew

9 3. Prune a little... Are structures and meetings necessary? Release energy for new things Rest Set sustainable rhythms Tackle pastoral dependence Change down a gear or two Learn to travel light

10 Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear even more fruit John15.2

11 4. Form a Team Not a solo enterprise Practical support Connexion Prayer support Clarify leadership within the team Mission accompaniment

12 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another John 13.35

13 5. Nourish your imagination Read scripture together Revisit the tradition Look at the web Listen to the stories Research and visit what others are doing Go to some training events

14 The whole assembly kept silence and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles Acts 15.12

15 6. Explore Partnerships With other churches With church authorities With other agencies in the community With people of peace at the centre of networks

16 Whatever house you enter into, first say, Peace to this house!. And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person, but if not it will return to you. Luke

17 7. Form Community The place to begin Loving service before worship service From community build faith From faith move to worship

18 You are the light of the world….let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven Matthew

19 8. Allow growth to maturity Time Space Grace Support Suffering Towards a full expression of church

20 There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying: It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God. And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe Acts

21 9. Maintain Connexion In a local church or parish In a deanery or circuit In a diocese or district

22 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body – Jews and Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit 1 Corinthians

23 10. Share what you are doing Register on the website Feed in your experience Help the whole church to learn

24 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen Ephesians

25 For discussion Are you ready and willing to move forward? Decide what you need to do: –In the next month –In the next six months –In the next year

26 Where to get help...

27 Fresh Expressions The Directory Details of training events Downloadable resources Deanery and circuit training

28 Other Agencies Archbishops Council Methodist Connexion Diocesan and district teams Church Army CPAS CMS New Way Resource

29 Prayer Together

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