Mission, Ministry and Growth

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 sconeys@diocant.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)

Church and worship, all ages together

The theory and the practice of a goal for many forms of fresh expression – and some more traditional forms of church.  Book Here

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

Fresh Expressions

The Fresh Expressions website is the starting point. The latest research on Fresh Expressions can be found on the Church Army website.  In particular see the following downloadable materials.

Discerning the Mission of God in general

Growing the Church of God

Local Data Resources