The RNP survey has been created to help us to support your Worshipping Community in your efforts to change lives, by developing and growing new disciples and as you nurture those already on a journey of faith.
We have recognised that some worshipping communities do not see themselves as Fresh Expressions (FXs) but they are reaching out to new people in their work so the RNP team is now using the title Worshipping Community to enable us to embrace as many types of missional gatherings as possible.
The ongoing responses you provide will enable you and the RNP team to see how things are going as time progresses and will assist us as we work with you individually.
In addition, the information will help us build a better ‘big picture’ for the Diocese of how we are continuing to make disciples within our diocesan Living God’s Love vision – “that God’s kingdom might grow in our world”.
There are benefices, teams and individual parishes actively engaged with us on our journey to reach new people from all stages and contexts, in large and small parishes in rural, semi-rural, urban and larger communities.
Some are the very beginning of their journey, prayerfully exploring how they might start something new for people who are not currently engaged with church where they are. Some have just set up a new Worshipping Community – whether it’s a café church, a messy mass, a walking group, a new group meeting in a local school, a forest church, or whatever. Some are well on the way with an established group, or more than one group – encouraging those who are coming along to grow as disciples and potentially become new leaders.
Our surveys together with our regular monitoring, story-telling and other research all form part of our shared learning and development as we travel with you on this exciting journey.
The information you provide will help us to produce accurate information as seen below, with the hope of encouraging you in your journey and development of your worshipping communities. Over time we will be able to build up a healthy picture of all that is happening in our Diocese that is not part of the traditional Sunday service Pattern.
From our first Survey we are already seeing some helpful and exciting results