What shape is ministry?
Mission Shaped Ministry is a course new to this diocese for anyone who wants to explore how to begin, sustain, and grow a Fresh Expression of Church.
It is hoped that it will help to create the 800 Fresh of Expressions of Church and 1200 lay leaders in St Albans Diocese that are sought between now and 2028 as part of Living God’s Love’s strategic plan for growth.
msm has been run all over the world and has proved successful at helping with objectives like ours. The course is run over the period of a year, over three Saturdays, six week-nights and one residential weekend.
It is a feature of the course that it is designed for busy Christians. Open to everybody across the diocese including our ecumenical partners, local and national teachers will offer reflection on local contexts and stories. The resources offered are in various learning styles and learning is supported by coaching, mentoring and in learning networks.
The course comes highly commended by both course participants and church leaders.
Leanne, a course participant in another part of the country said:
“The greatest benefit of the course is its practical side and the chance to talk through issues relevant to your situation.”
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams commended the course early on, saying:
“The next big step in taking forward Fresh Expressions of Church is making the right kind of training available in every part of the country. msm is making a major contribution here.”
Annual Report published
The Diocese’s Annual Report for 2016 is now available. The report is themed around the ten indicators of growth which parishes in the diocese have shown and which support three themes of Living God’s Love, Going Deeper into God, Transforming Communities and Making New Disciples.
Copies of the colour 36 page report are being distributed at present or are available from Holywell Lodge in person or by post.
The report can also be read online at: www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/boards-councils-committees/