Local Mission and Growth Advisor
Steve was Team Rector of Whitstable and Vicar of Seasalter for 23 years. As Mission and Growth Advisor his role is to help churches seek growth in numbers, depth and vitality. He is developing Missional Learning Communities to enable churches to engage in God’s mission afresh today. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01227 459401.
Missional Learning Communities (MLCs)
MLCs enable us to learn together in the practice of mission in a way which changes the culture of our churches. If you join the MLC journey the outcome over time will be transformation of the local church through engagement in the mission of God. The kinds of changes we expect to see in churches engaging in this process are:
- Leaders joyfully taking up missional roles
- Corporate spiritual discernment of God’s mission
- Increased lay ministry and leadership
- Adoption of life-giving culture-shifting spiritual practices
- Increased missional engagement with local communities
- Church growth – in depth and numbers
A summary of this is growth in numbers, depth and vitality.
If you’d like to explore what MLCs might mean for you, speak to Steve Coneys and download the MLC leaflet and PowerPoint handout. For information on Missional Learning Community Resources please look at the Resources section below.
Missional Learning Communities (MLCs)
Monday 16 September 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm – Venue TBC
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The Creative Mission Forum
Creative Mission Forums are open to everyone and take place two or three times a year, on different mission relate topics. The Forum offers us a unique space for collective learning around creative mission, fresh expressions of Church (increasingly known as ‘new Christian communities’) and the re-imagination of ministry. An important feature of the Creative Mission Forum is the sharing of missional stories and the question, ‘what are we learning here?’
Inter-Gen: Doing it Well
28 October 2019, 10am-1pm (registration from 9.30am and followed by lunch)
Seasalter Christian Centre, (Map)
Fresh Expressions and New Communities
Fresh Expressions are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with those who don’t ‘go to church’.
Believing that God is already at work in the world, Fresh Expressions re-imagine how the Body of Christ can live and work in diverse and changing contexts.
Church Army research in 2013 suggested that there might be as many as 71 Fresh Expressions in the Diocese of Canterbury, representing 12.9% of the diocese’s usual Sunday attendance (uSa). In 2016 George Lings calculated that Church Army’s survey of 20 dioceses showed 1109 Fresh Expressions of Church with approximately 50,000 people attending.
For information on Fresh Expression Resources please look at the Resources section below.
Discerning the Mission of God through Missional Learning Communities
- P Keifert and N Rooms, Forming the Missional Church: Creating Deep Cultural Change in Congregations (Grove Pastoral P139, 2014)
- Pat Keifert, We Are Here Now. (Eagle, Idaho: Allelon Publishing, 2007)
For a more detailed reading list contact Steve
- The Day of Small Things – George Ling
- Encountering the Day of Small Things (summary) – George Lings
- Seeing the Bigger Picture (summary of various reports)
- Playfully Serious – How Messy Churches create new space for faith
- Michael Moynagh, Being Church, Doing Life (Lion Hudson, 2014) is a good introduction to the landscape.
Discerning the Mission of God in general
- Mark Ireland and Mark Chew, Mission Action Planning – prayer, process and practice (Revised edition, SPCK, 2016)
- Listening for mission – mission audit for fresh expressions (Church House Publishing, 2006)
- Know your church, know your community Contact Keith Berry
- Asset Based Community Development
Growing the Church of God
- From Anecdote to Evidence (2014, Church Growth Research Programme)
- From Evidence to Action (2016 Archbishops’ Council)
- Shaping strategies for mission and growth in rural multi-church groups (2017, Archbishops’ Council)
- What makes Churches grow? – Bob Jackson, Church House Publishing
Local Data Resources