Direction: resources for action planning options

Planning a church vision event

Use the mission action planning (MAPing) cycle, to ‘review, choose, plan and act’ or the ‘Angel of the church and community’ healthy church exercise.

If you are planning a church vision event, why not consider these questions?:

  • Who might we partner with amongst other churches in our benefice or deanery?
  • Would an external facilitator be helpful? Contact Holly Adams to find a facilitator, LCD Training and Events Coordinator, hadams@diocant.org 01227 459401
  • Should we use a venue outside the parish? Here are some ideas.
  • Should we set up a team to establish the purpose of the event, plan it and follow through with the outcomes?

Have a time of prayer

Why not give thanks for God’s guidance and for the future direction of the church?  You could do this in a formal way with an organised service of thanksgiving/intercession for guidance or in an informal way through group prayer/individual prayer.

Invite the local community to respond to questions about the role of the church in the community

Contact Caroline Pinchbeck, Communities and Partnership Executive Officer and Rural Life Advisor, cpinchbeck@diocant.org 01227 459401 for examples of how this has been done in other communities both rural, suburban and urban.

Your APCM can review the past discerning God’s hand and set direction for the future

See the sample outline of how it has been done in one church.

Find out more about the locality your church serves

Explore what local needs there are and the ways you might meet these more fully e.g. through databases and community based organisations which have information about poverty indicators, age profiles, educational needs, social service needs, etc. Contact Caroline Pinchbeck, Communities and Partnership Executive Officer and Rural Life Advisor, cpinchbeck@diocant.org 01227 459401

Share what actions or resources you find make a difference to you:

Contact Holly Adams, LCD Training and Events Coordinator, on hadams@diocant.org or 01227 459401

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