Towards 2020

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CGRPGraphic4Recently, research teams for the Church of England completed an eighteen month research project exploring some of the factors which might influence church growth in the Church of England.

OUR 2020 VISION

Firstly, we took these key ingredients (clockwise from top) and turned them into bullet points we could use to produce a plan:

CHURCHES THAT HAVE A CLEAR MISSION AND PURPOSE

  • Clearly communicate, and make greater emphasis of, our vision for our parish
  • Use ‘To know Christ and to make him known’ in all aspects of church communication, in services, in print, in electronic means of communication both within and outside the congregation

CLERGY AND CONGREGATIONS WHO ARE INTENTIONAL ABOUT AND PRIORITISE GROWTH

  • Develop mission and ministry outside the Priory/church buildings
  • Develop a “Mission to Business” with the support of parishioners
  • Improve engagement with the village schools and other village events and activities

CLERGY AND WORSHIPPERS WHO ARE WILLING TO CHANGE AND ADAPT

  • Under the direction of our director of music investigate and develop different styles of worship to give greater variety and broader appeal without losing the current traditional worship
  • Develop more frequent leadership by the orchestra, including youth members
  • Opportunities for informal worship both in the Priory and outside will be further developed

CHURCHES WHERE LAY PEOPLE, AS WELL AS ORDAINED CLERGY, ARE ACTIVE IN LEADERSHIP AND OTHER ROLES

  • Start to train and transition new leaders into a collaborative PCC and churchwarden team (whilst continuing to benefit from the gifts and experience of those moving from positions of responsibility)

CHURCHES THAT ACTIVELY ENGAGE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

  • Extend the support, encouragement and training for children’s ministry leaders
  • Introduce more special events for youth and children/families
  • Reach out to the youth across the parish as a whole

CHURCHES WITH A WELCOMING CULTURE WHO BUILD ON-GOING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE

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CLERGY / LEADERS WHO INNOVATE, ENVISON AND MOTIVATE PEOPLE