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1 Springtime in the Church?

2 Bubbling of new life and creativity + Agreement of policy and support + Appropriate resourcing = A new movement of mission?


4 Some Stories

5 Changing Times

6 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

7 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?

8 We believe...

9 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

10 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

11 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.

12 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

13 Learning to be a Both-And Church

14 40/60

15 Both-And Continue to grow and develop the Church as it is Establish fresh expressions of church

16 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

17 The Mixed Economy Church

18 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?

19 More Stories some examples

20 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

21 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

22 Where to get help...

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

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

25 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

26 Prayer Together

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