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www.freshexpressions.org.uk Springtime in the Church?
www.freshexpressions.org.uk More Stories some examples
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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
www.freshexpressions.org.uk Pictures of the Process 1.The Journey 2.Farming pictures 3.Having children 4.Death and Resurrection
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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
www.freshexpressions.org.uk As the Father has sent me, so I send you John 20.21
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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?
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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 9.36-38
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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
www.freshexpressions.org.uk Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear even more fruit John15.2
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 4. Form a Team Not a solo enterprise Practical support Connexion Prayer support Clarify leadership within the team Mission accompaniment
www.freshexpressions.org.uk By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another John 13.35
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 6. Explore Partnerships With other churches With church authorities With other agencies in the community With people of peace at the centre of networks
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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 10.5-6
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 7. Form Community The place to begin Loving service before worship service From community build faith From faith move to worship
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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 5.14-15
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 8. Allow growth to maturity Time Space Grace Support Suffering Towards a full expression of church
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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 14.22-23
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 9. Maintain Connexion In a local church or parish In a deanery or circuit In a diocese or district
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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 12.12-13
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 10. Share what you are doing Register on the website Feed in your experience Help the whole church to learn
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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 3.20-21
www.freshexpressions.org.uk 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
www.freshexpressions.org.uk Where to get help...
www.freshexpressions.org.uk Fresh Expressions The Directory Details of training events Downloadable resources Deanery and circuit training
www.freshexpressions.org.uk Other Agencies Archbishops Council Methodist Connexion Diocesan and district teams Church Army CPAS CMS New Way Resource
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