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Springtime in the Church?
Bubbling of new life and creativity + Agreement of policy and support + Appropriate resourcing = A new movement of mission?
Changing SundaysChurch at different times Changing relationships Church for different networks Changing cultures Church in different cultures Less knowledge of faith Church for beginners Deeper spiritual hunger Church for disconnected explorers fresh expressions of church
For discussion How do these changes affect your family, your community and your church? What other changes can you think of which are not mentioned here? What different cultural and social groups are you aware of? Are there already members of your church from these groups?
In Jesus Christ Who became a man and lived among us Who went always to the edge and the lost Who went to where people are Who died and rose again
In the Holy Spirit God sends the Spirit in every generation to equip the church for mission The Spirit makes us restless and pushes us out The Spirit guides our journey The Spirit equips us for service and sharing faith The Spirit breathes life into fresh expressions
In the Church One Holy Catholic (for the whole world) Apostolic (founded on apostles teaching and sent) But exists in different forms in different places in worship, community, mission.
What do you think God is doing in your own community outside the church? What might we have to set aside to enter the culture of people beyond the churches? How is the Spirit making you restless to carry the gospel to new places? For discussion
Learning to be a Both-And Church
Both-And Continue to grow and develop the Church as it is Establish fresh expressions of church
Every Church Mission-Shaped… A welcoming and open community Ways for all ages to learn about faith Deep and relevant worship and preaching Inviting people to life changing discipleship and service
The Mixed Economy Church
For discussion Do you agree with this both-and direction for the future? What can be done to make your own church more mission shaped? What needs to be done locally to put this both-and thinking into practice?
More Stories some examples
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
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
Where to get help...
Fresh Expressions The Directory Details of training events Downloadable resources Deanery and circuit training
Other Agencies Archbishops Council Methodist Connexion Diocesan and district teams Church Army CPAS CMS New Way Resource
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