Ministry Gets Fresh!

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Sep, 2014 03:07 PM

From January to July 2014, over 500 people attended Ministry 4 Mission (M4M) courses looking at new forms of church, often referred to as ‘Fresh Expressions’.

The most recent Church of England statistical research, ‘From Anecdote to Evidence’, reports that Fresh Expressions of Church have contributed significantly to church growth.

Fresh Expressions are primarily for those who do not, or would not, attend inherited churches, regardless of how good those churches might be.

Leaders of these experimental, creative projects aim to be culturally relevant and accessible to those in specific communities with specific needs. Each responds to its local context: a rural Fresh Expression might be very different from an urban one.

Examples include a ‘Messy Church’ in a village hall, a group meeting in a pub for discussion, Café Church, using sport to create community, or working on a new housing estate. All of these initiatives are currently running in this diocese.

The M4M courses are primarily aimed at those currently working in such areas and also to help those who are interested but unsure. Courses have been run for both lay and clergy, and open to other denominations as well. Sessions have included:

 
There are still three courses to attend this year.

  • ‘Faith in the Countryside’ on 16 November at Durweston (DT11 0QA)
  • ‘Auditing your Community for Mission’ on 3 December (in the north of our diocese)
  • ‘Auditing your Community for Mission’ on 6 December (in the south of our diocese)

2015 courses are now being planned. Do contact Penny Joyce (penny.joyce@salisbury.anglican.org) with ideas and suggestions.

The M4M page:
www.salisbury.anglican.org/ministry/m4m

Fresh Expressions:
www.freshexpressions.org.uk

‘From Anecdote to Evidence’:
www.churchgrowthresearch.org.uk/report

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