Resourcing for Mission
In the coming weeks we will be posting videos and thoughts about how to prepare for mission now and when churches are allowed to meet again.
In this time of church services and ministries being suspended, how do we use this time to reach out and prepare for mission.
Over this time the traditional forms of outreach and ministries are not able to go ahead but there are some different ways in which you can engage with your local community.
Recently Revd Hayley and Carl from the South West Baptist Association hosted a conversation with people in ministry about creating missional disciples, the those notes can be found here
Pray and Plan...
This time provides for us an opportunity to see God in where we as churches grow from here. Revd Hayley has put together some resources that are used in preparing churches for growth.
- Lessons from Growing Churches
- Fruitfulness Indicators (reviewing what we do as a church)
- How to think about a Growth Plan - Where do we grow from here?
In Conversation with...
Revd Hayley has met with ministers and people within our Baptist Family to talk about mission and ministry. These short videos explore ideas of how to approach mission in new and exciting ways while working within the structures we already have in our Baptist Churches.
Reaching Out at this time...
Here are some ideas for you and your congregation to 'reach out' with the Good News at this time.
Act of Remembrance...
As church minister's we are providing for funerals at this time however many people in our churches and communities are missing out on a gathered act of remembrance. We would highly recommend that when we are able to meet in church buildings again you host a Service of Light for all the community who have lost loved ones over this period. We have also produced an Act of Remembrance for you to give to people who are unable to attend funerals so they can remember in their homes.
Do contact us if you would like to personalise the services for your church.
Idea's for when Social Distancing has ended...
Hold a listening session, where people from the community can come and share their experiences
Host a Pecha Kucha Event on 'where do you see hope' or 'what does community mean for you'
Send out a card inviting people to a time of celebration of the community
Hold a Thank You service/evening for those in the community that worked in supermarkets / hospitals etc
Hold a community BBQ free of charge / street party etc
Send a card to everyone in the street saying although the circumstances have changed you are still there to help!