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Talking Jesus

There is a new talking Jesus booklet available that is short, punchy, practical and suitable to build confidence in faith sharing amongst normal Christians.

It summaries the statistics of both the adult and youth research, it has stories of people coming to faith and helps people to take new steps to share their faith because of the encouragement of the research.

Go to www.talkingjesus.org to see a pdf of the booklet and to order them for churches.

We have also re-written a more detailed version of the leader’s book, this is available to download for free as well. This would be useful for church leaders and others who want to understand the data in more detail.

There is a short power point of the amalgamated findings of both Adult and Youth talking Jesus follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ls4z5yugm04977q/Talking%20Jesus%20amalgamated%20Short%20final.pptx?dl=0

Finally the Big Mapping research that I shared with you at MNSG is also available in a power point.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/64k9wb06kpvmi5q/Church%20Mapping%20Presentation.pptx?dl=0

These are the top messages from the latest big church mapping research to help shape strategy:

  1. 0 – 4’s REALLY matter. How we parent, how we do church with them, the youngest members of our churches MATTER they are choosing faith at this formative age. (40% of practising Christians say they came to faith aged 0 – 4)
  2. School age children are choosing faith or not. This gives us great opportunities to help them discover Jesus for themselves.  Experience matters at a young age, it’s not just knowledge.
  3. 76% of practising Christians come to faith by age 18.
  4. Churches other than the CofE are better at reaching adults than we are.
  5. Young people leave us from the age of 11 – 18. We need to create spaces that nurture and keep them in the faith (family, church, school)
  6. Young adults leave us up to age 24 but if we can keep them through these tough years they are likely to stay with us. So helping them do church in a way that makes sense to them matters.
  7. D – E profession people tend to be reached in later life between 24 – 35
  8. Our lowest represented class group is C2
  9. We hardly reach anyone aged over 55
  10. 43% of London’s practising Christians are BAME

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

10.30am for 11am – 4pm Tuesday 28 November 2017

At the Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield

A day conference to learn more about and explore the opportunities for resource churches in rural areas of England. There will be plenty of time for discussion and opportunity to hear from those who are already working in this way. Confirmed speakers include Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Mission and Evangelism), Stephen Mawditt (Fountains of Life), Pete Atkins (Threshold), Barry Hill (Leicester) and the Church Army Research Unit. There will be a short video of the story of Latimer Minster. Full programme to follow. We are making use of the wonderful hospitality of the Church Army Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, 10.30am for 11am start, with the day finishing at 4pm. A hot lunch will be provided.

There will be a wide range of speakers including practitioners, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing expertise and ideas.

Cost £48. Places are getting booked up - please reserve yours now and encourage colleagues to come too.

Book now using this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rural-resource-churches-tickets-38221872650

Mission Adviser- Diocese of Guildford

The Diocese of Guildford is looking for a Mission Adviser to join its Parish Development and

Evangelism Team to help deliver its ‘Transforming Church, Transforming Lives’ vision.

· Do you have extensive experience of leading growing churches?

· Are you gifted in facilitating others?

· Are you passionate about helping parishes re-imagine church?

Key tasks will include assisting churches in Mission Action Planning, mentoring clergy and delivering training around missional topics.

Full details at  https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/vacancies/mission-adviser

New Issue of Anvil

This issue of Anvil  has a theme of pioneering on estates and new housing developments.

On the Road- national Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference.

On the Road is the third national Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference.

It will take place on Saturday 25th November at St Michael le Belfrey Church (10am to 4pm) in the centre of York and there will be workshops in several of the other city centre churches.

The conference is for everyone committed to evangelism and growth. It is an opportunity for those involved in fresh expressions of church, growing our parish churches, church planting/grafting and pioneering, or who are interested in knowing more. 

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will be part of the conference and will deliver a key note address at the start. The Archbishop said, “I am looking forward to participating in this year’s Anglican Fresh Expressions Conference. During 2017 and 2018 I am undertaking weekend missions within each deanery in the York Diocese, encouraging all to share the love of Jesus Christ with those they meet. As a church we need to reach out to where people are, enabling them to find and explore the love that God has for them and the new life in Christ this brings.

This is a ticketed event and is £12.50 to attend.  For more information, a full timetable and to book your ticket - please visit the ON THE ROAD Eventbrite page.

Pioneer Community Minister Job

Trinity Churches are a thriving Church of England parish in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. We are looking for someone to join our large staff team as Pioneer Community Minister. This exciting role will be a core part of the Ministry Leadership Team, helping us to develop our community mission in the parish and beyond. We are looking for someone who will live out a gift of evangelism and an ability to pioneer, and will share with others good practice and encouragement. For more details about the role – a parish profile and application forms etc – go to  www.trinitychurches.org/jobs

Priest-in-Charge and Deanery Missioner, Christ Church, New Catton, Norwich

We seek an outgoing and optimistic priest with a deep love of people and the Gospel to forge new partnerships in urban North Norwich.
Based in the parish of Christ Church and with support from the Rural Dean and his team, we hope you will unlock potential in the existing congregation through inspirational services and good pastoral care as well as making connections with the wider community.
 
Closing date for applications: 10am on Monday 13 November.

Church in Life. Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology

Michael Moynagh’s Church in Life. Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology  breaks new ground by proposing a framework for thinking about innovation in the church, by arguing that new ecclesial communities should be at the centre of the church’s life and thought, and by offering new theology and methodologies for church planting. It has been warmly commended by The Very Rev’d Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church, Oxford), Rev’d Dr Andrew Davison (co-author of For the Parish) and Rev’d Canon Dave Male (National Advisor for Pioneer Development), as well as by a number of fresh expressions practitioners. 

Order direct at: www.scmpress.co.uk

Decision

The Mathetes Trust has just published Decision, a booklet written by Roger Morgan and designed for anyone who wishes to find out how to become a Christian, or who is just starting out on the adventure of faith. This is a brand new edition of a booklet which has been given away to thousands of people over the last 10 years.  It is ideal for use with Alpha or in the context of parish missions and outreach events. If you would like to get hold of a copy or order a pack, it’s available from the Mathetes Trust website (https://mathetestrust.org/publications/) , along with many other resources to support the ministry of evangelism and discipleship. It’s priced at just £2 for a single copy, or £10 for a pack of 10, and we offer a further discount for bulk orders.

Missionís Sake: Announcing the Gospel Through the Creative Arts

An extraordinary flourishing of creativity is underway in the life and mission of the church as the arts—especially the visual—are used increasingly in worship and witness. 
 
This inspiring booklet offers theological foundations, a consideration of the role of the artist in the church and the world, and examples of how the creative arts are faithfully contributing to Christian mission. It urges church leaders to release a fresh generation of artists to express passion, pain, hope and glory in both the church and the world.
 

For more info visit https://grovebooks.co.uk/products/mev-199-art-for-mission-s-sake-announcing-the-gospel-through-the-creative-arts

40 Stories

Thy Kingdom Come

We’re turning our prayer to action after Thy Kingdom Come.

We know from research that many people say that reading the bible helped them decide to follow Jesus for themselves. So we’ve created a Thy Kingdom Come edition of Luke’s gospel with an introduction by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The gospel is for us to give away personally to our friends and family,  those that we pray for during Thy Kingdom Come. As you end Thy Kingdom Come events or prayer times, would you consider handing out a copy of this gospel to everyone who comes, not for them but for them to give away.

Please click here to order copies of Luke's Gospel for your Thy Kingdom Come Event. We have 50,000 copies to give away free of charge, including delivery. After these copies have been allocated, each Gospel will cost 35p, with a minimum order of 510 units (3 boxes) + £75 delivery charge. If your order request arrives after all the free copies have been allocated, we will contact you as to whether you would still like to proceed with your order.

For quantities below 510 units, please click here to order from our resources partner, CPO. Each Gospel will cost £1 if you order 10 or less, with a reduced rate for larger orders.

Orders are on a first come, first served basis and must be received by close of play Monday 15th May in order to receive the Gospels in time for your event. 

For more information on Thy Kingdom Come, and for some other great resources, visit:  www.thykingdomcome.global/

Family Question Time

Latest news from Lucy Moore about a great booklet for families at Messy Church to help them explore faith

 

Latest Issue of Anvil Online

The latest issue of Anvil is online. It is themed on missional entrepreneurship with a mix of longish articles, shorter reflections, and this time a series of video interviews. You can read articles online, download them or download the whole issue – see www.churchmissionsociety.org/anvil

National Refugee Welcome Coordinator

In this new and vital role, you will encourage, foster, support and monitor the development of the Refugee Community Sponsorship programme in the Church of England and its dioceses and provide support to other refugee and asylum programmes when possible.'

Engaging closely with the Home Office Refugee Resettlement team, ecumenical bodies and other appropriate organisations, you will evaluate activity, promote good practice and contribute to developing policy positions and advice.

For more information visit: www.churchofengland.org/about-us/vacancies/nci-vacancies/national-refugee-welcome-coordinator.aspx

 

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