Ministry teams from 23 churches across East Kent met for the Celebrating Ministry Conference at the John Wallis Academy on 23 June, 2018, to explore their gifts and callings in creative ways – including building their shared ministry out of LEGO®. Organised by the Diocese of Canterbury, the conference offered teams an opportunity to celebrate their diverse gifts for ministry and focus on developing their team dynamics. Read more about the day here.
Resources from the day:
Creative Mission Forum
The Creative Mission Forum is an event open to anybody which happens two or three times a year annually on different mission related topics.
The aim of the Creative Mission Forum is to build a learning network of people with a common interest in Creative Mission, Re-imagining Ministry and Fresh Expressions of church. An important element of the Creative Mission Forum is the sharing of missional stories with each other. The Forum gives us a unique platform for collective learning.
IGNITE at the Creative Mission Forum
17 September 2018, 10am-1pm to be followed by lunch
Seasalter Christian Centre, 49 Faversham Road, Seasalter (map)
This Forum will focus on Ignite, the ground-breaking expression of church pioneered in Cliftonville. In July the proposal to plant nine new Ignites around the diocese received significant Church Commissioners financial support. The founder of Ignite, Patrick Ellisdon, will lead us through an experience of Ignite, with plenty of time for us to share reflection, questions and stories of our own.
Our aim at this Forum is to:
- Experience for ourselves what happens at Ignite
- Explore the experience and learn together from Ignite
- Consider how Ignite can inspire our own practice.
The purpose of every Creative Mission Forum is to build a learning network of people with a common interest in Creative Mission, Re-imagining Ministry and Fresh Expressions of church. An important element of the Creative Mission Forum is the sharing of missional stories with each other.
Book onto the Creative Mission Forum here or by telephoning Sarah Lucas at Diocesan House on 01227 459401. There is no charge, but we do need accurate numbers for lunch and refreshments which are all provided so make sure you book in. As always you are more than welcome to bring other members of your team but do please book them in. It would be wonderful to see you there.
Mission Shaped Ministry
Canterbury and Rochester Dioceses and the South East District of the Methodist church are currently running a Mission Shaped Ministry Course which began in September 2017 and will run until July 2018 with 30 students enrolled. Mission Shaped Ministry is an ecumenical learning journey which equips you for creative mission. For more information about the MSM programme click here.
Mission Action Plans
The General Synod of the Church of England commended Mission Action Planning at its July 2011 meeting. This has become the first resource in many of our Dioceses. Background information can be found at http://www.churchgrowthrd.org.uk/resources/results
Local Mission and Growth Advisor
Steve Coneys is now in post as the Local Mission and Growth Advisor. Steve began this role on September 4th 2017 and was licensed on 21 September 2017. To contact Steve please email email@example.com or telephone 01227 459401.