Mission, ministry and growth

Celebrating Ministry

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.

Download notes from September 2016 meeting on church buildings: Presentation from Nigel Walter.

Visit the webpage ‘Talking Jesus’ that we spoke about at the March 2017 meeting.

Download the slides from the September 2017 Forum on engaging with local schools.

Dates and themes for 2018 Forums:

  • 21st May Creative Mission in Urban Contexts (more information and to book click here)
  • 17th September theme TBC

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

Mission Accompaniment in the Diocese of Canterbury

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 sconeys@diocant.org or telephone 01227 459401.