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... shaped church. Presentation to. CBDTI. Rydal Hall. Friday 6 May 2004. Fr. Damian Feeney. mission-shaped church. Church planting and. fresh expressions. of church ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Missionshaped church

Mission-shaped church
  • Presentation to
  • Rydal Hall
  • Friday 6 May 2004
  • Fr. Damian Feeney

mission-shaped church
  • Church planting andfresh expressions of church
    in a changing context

mission-shaped church
We believe the Church of England is facing a
great moment of missionary opportunity, and we
recommend our report for the consideration of our
church Bishop Graham Cray, chair of the report
working party
Mission-shaped church is not..
  • A complete theology of Mission
  • The total answer
  • The definitive last word

Mission-Shaped Church might be.
  • A contribution to the ongoing debate
  • A relevant piece of questioning
  • A stepping stone on a journey

in a nutshell
  • Our society is changing rapidly
  • We are called by God to meet the needs of our
    society with the love of Christ
  • So we need to understand what is changing in
    society, and what may need to change in the way
    we do church

a changing context
  • Housing is expensive and people spend time on
    maintenance and DIY
  • More people are working, especially more
    womenWeekends a time to work till you shop
  • People move around more and drive further
  • More children visit family members and absent

a changing context
These and other factors affect what people do at
weekends and squeeze out time for Sunday church
a changing context
  • We live in an increasingly fragmented society
  • People meet through networks, not just in their
  • People increasingly spend their free time
    shopping, or in leisure centres, or watching
    television at home

a changing context
All this changes the waypeople feel
theybelongand do things together,and it
challenges traditional church attendance
a context that excludes
  • Those who are poor feel excluded from all this
  • For both the rural and the urban poor, the
    neighbourhood may be all they have
  • But many poor people feel trapped by this and
    are driven into isolation
  • Traditional community resources, including the
    churches, are no longer helping as they used to

mission-shaped church
  • So it seems that people dont make time and space
    for God in the same ways any more
  • And yet their need for God remains
  • As Gods people we are called to go and meet them
    where they are
  • Who are they?

who needs us?
  • Regular attenders whose commitment needs to be
  • Fringe attenders who may be being pulled away
  • Open de-churched why did they leave?
  • Closed de-churched what happened and why?
  • Non-churched who need to experience the Gospel
    in a way that makes sense to them

mission-shaped church
Mission is finding out what God is doing, and
joining in
(The Archbishop of Canterbury in the General
Synod, Feb 2004)
mission-shaped church
We have to ask whether we are capable of moving
towards a mixed economy church
mission-shaped church
recognising church where it appears and having
the willingness and the skill to work with it
(The Archbishop of Canterbury in the General
Synod, July 2003)
the mixed economy
  • Celebrating and building on what is good in
    traditional forms of church
  • and finding new, flexible, appropriate ways to
    proclaim the Gospel afresh to those who
    have left and to the non-churched

the mixed economy
  • Its not the CHURCH of GOD that has a MISSION
  • but the GOD of MISSION who has a CHURCH!

The Five marks of Mission
  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation
    and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

the mixed economy
recognising church where it appears
  • A simple picture, then?

mission-shaped church
  • A ferment of different expressions of church,
    living as Christians together
  • With values in common, and with the
  • same goal

values a missionary church is
  • focused on God the Trinity
  • incarnational
  • transformational
  • making disciples
  • relational

mission-shaped church, pp.81-2
approach shapes of life
  • Relating to networks of people
  • Not usually meeting on Sunday mornings
  • Often emphasising face-to-face relationships in
    small groups
  • Growing from gentle and small beginnings

mission-shaped church
fresh expressions where we are
the heart of it dying to live
  • The incarnation and the cross are at the heart of
    a mission-shaped church
  • Listening to our community and to God
  • Being prepared to lay down our preferred ways
    of being church,for the sake of those we are
    sent to serve

mission-shaped church
  • A strategy in each diocese for the mixed economy
  • A readiness to explore and to bless church
    planting and fresh expressions of church in each
    deanery and parish
  • Both new and old accountable to the bishop, held
    and supported within the Anglican family

questions for us
  • How can we listen better to our communities and
    our context?
  • How will we bless and encourage fresh expressions
    of church where we are?
  • What resources can we offer to build a
    mission-shaped church here?
  • What help do we need?

our synods response
  • We commit ourselves
  • to explore more fully the changes in our own
    neighbourhoods and networks
  • and to encourage and support the development of
    appropriate church planting and fresh expressions
    of church in our deanery and in our parishes

mission-shaped church
Mission-shaped Church is published by Church
House Publishing, price 10.95p. This
presentation is based on one prepared by the
Mission Public Affairs Division of the
Archbishops Council
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