Evangelism and Growth

April 2021

News and Resources from the Evangelism and Growth Team

This monthly newsletter is sent to all District Chairs to support them and their networks in the commitment to be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive and justice-seeking Church. Please share this content widely and let us have your feedback to help us better serve you and those with whom you minister.

News from the team

With an end to lockdown finally in sight, I am encouraging church leaders to see mission planning as a tool to aid Covid recovery. Many leaders are exhausted and churches are trying to operate with fewer participants and less money. How much more important, then, that we focus our limited resources on the one or two things God would have us do.

The 8-step mission planning process has been devised to guide churches in discerning and writing a really useful mission plan. It is supported by online resources and by a forthcoming new edition of the very popular, Our Church’s Future Story, due in late August 2021. Bespoke mission planning training has now been offered in several Methodist districts, in collaboration with the Learning Network and in conversation with District staff, who understand their context best. Please contact me if you would like to schedule mission planning training that is specially tailored to the needs of your own district.

Sometimes churches get a bit stuck with mission planning, for all sorts of good reasons, which is why I am trialling Mission Planning Surgery in collaboration with the Learning Network. Please let your Superintendent colleagues know that they would be welcome to book a slot for a structured Zoom conversation that will aim to identify knotty issues and find a way forward.

- Emma Nash, Mission and Community Engagement Officer

Get to know more about our team here.

What's on this month

FX Multiplier now open for new teams

The Methodist FX Multiplier is a learning community to encourage and support small teams of 2-6 people to start new fresh expressions of church or to nurture existing fresh expressions. Several districts have piloted and helped refine the process in 2020/2021, and we now have places for teams from any districts or circuit that wish to join. This multiplier experience involves input and teaching around the ‘listening, loving, sharing the gospel cycle’ of the FX methodology, regular fortnightly online gatherings with other teams led by the District Mission Enabler (or someone with similar skills and passion), group coaching, and support from the E&G team and national Fresh Expressions staff. Contact Eunice Attwood.

Book recommendation - The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Time Against the Speed of Modern Life by Andrew Root

“This is another gift to the Church: the last book in Andrew Root’s practical theology trilogy unpacking how philosopher Charles Taylor’s magnum opus on secularity might positively affect discipleship, pastoral leadership, and congregational life.” Read more of Trey Hall’s review and recommendation here.

Book E&G Team for your Autumn Synods

Members of the E&G Team are available to present at your 2021/2022 Synods. We can offer keynotes, workshops, facilitated large and small group conversations that centre on church at the margins, new places for new people, evangelism, Methodist Way of Life, and much more – and will work with you to create something bespoke for those you serve in mission and ministry with. Email Trey Hall.

Last chance to book for District Chairs “Design Challenge” Creative Conversation

Monday 26 April, 2:00-4:00pm

Over the past few months, the Director of Evangelism and Growth has been hosting small group conversations with lay and ordained leaders across MCB about imagining a vibrant future in ministry with 'unaffiliated' people. How might the Methodist Church in Britain and our partners might meet these rising generations of people with abundant pathways to help them grow closer to God, to others, and to themselves. How might we support the journey of spiritual deepening for new generations? These conversations have been spaces to breathe, explore deeply, and "play" imaginatively without the expectation of having to build something or make a decision by the end of the meeting.

As part of this series, District Chairs are invited to participate in a session with other Chair colleagues, hosted by Trey Hall. This is a completely optional, outside-of-the-box activity – no strings attached! Just a chance to listen for God together in a different way and to see what emerges. The commitment would be for the 2-hour meeting and an hour of preparation/reading beforehand (materials to be sent in advance). To book in, simply email David Harmer, Evangelism & Growth Team Administrator.

Featured Webinar:

Funding for new Christian communities in districts and circuits

Wednesday 21 April, 11:00am – 12:30pm

In March, the Secretary of the Conference wrote to Districts to announce the new process for allocating and distributing funding. A webinar on engaging this process, Hear the Story – Share the Vision, will be offered on Wednesday 21 April, 11:00am-12:30pm and will be recorded for others to access later, via the webpage below. You and your teams are invited to book in for the webinar here. Additional written guidance will be sent to all districts in May. As more information becomes available, it will be accessible online.

Other E+G Webinars and Archive

Every month we host a number of webinars that dive into missional reflection and practice. Click here to see our upcoming offerings as well as a teeming archive on subjects from pioneering to antiracism to Methodist Way of Life and more.

Your stories

Each month we share a story from one of the Districts. This month find out about a local radio station in a conversation between the Revd Richard Andrew, Chair of the Darlington District and Stef Robinson-Hoyle, Station Manager of Leven Online, a radio and schools project developed by Hutton Rudby Methodist Church, a small rural chapel in the Stokesley Circuit in the Darlington District:


We have committed to a Year of Prayer and offer weekly prayer meetings every Tuesday lunchtime on Zoom.

Over 500 people have signed up from across the Connexion so far. We would be delighted to see more join us. Details of how to sign up are here.

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