The St John’s MA is for those involved in ministry and mission who have previously studied theology and wish to deepen their theological understanding and reflection on practice. It is open to both lay and ordained people of any tradition or denomination. If you are interested in understanding God’s ways within our contemporary world and our part in them, this is the course for you.
Validated by University of Chester
Course Tutor: Revd Dr Andrea Russell
Join us for a Taster Session:Wednesday 20 June - please book in advance
Places available starting September 2012 or February 2013
To find out more contact Louise Williams or Jane Travis in Admissions:
Supported by UKaid from the Department for International Development, UK charity Samaritan’s Purse has launched a maternal child health project in Uganda that will drastically improve the life expectancy of children under five and their mothers.
Please find attached a press release with more details on this as well as some photographs. We’d really appreciate your consideration in publishing this story and spreading the word on this exciting breakthrough.
Canon Michael Mitton is the Fresh Expressions Adviser for the Diocese of Derby, and his latest book,'Dreaming of Home' looks at homecoming as a model for renewal and mission. The book explores the inner homecoming journey, of being at home in ourselves and with our God so that we become all that God has called us to be. It then looks more widely at the exilic prophets' message of homecoming and what this means for a church in a post-modern, post-Christendom world, and how fresh expressions of church can provide places of true belonging for those who unchurched and dechurched. Finally, it looks at the meaning of home as applied to our final destiny, heaven, and how this vision can inspire radical home-building in this world. The book also includes a fictional story which imagines the thoughts that go on in the mind of a Pharisee listening to Jesus' story of the two lost sons. In the foreword, Pete Hughes, the Pioneer leader of Kings Cross Church in London writes, 'this book contains a critical message for the church today in how to engage with culture and particularly those who are spiritually searching for home'
Church Army gap year scheme ‘Xplore’ is a year of mission for young people aged 18-25. They get the chance to be involved in mission and evangelism both in UK and internationally. Each Xplore intern gets hands on experience alongside an evangelist and is equipped by Church Army for mission. We want to see young people motivated and resourced to reach people in the local context and know how to disciple those who come to faith.
Do you know someone who has a heart for or potential to be an evangelist?
If you do, then put them in touch with Xplore as we only have a few places left for this coming year.
This is a low key, simple training programme that can be run by any local church – or group of churches - over 2 half-days. It requires no outside or expert help; all the material and resources that are required are freely available to download. Besides the material required to run the two course sessions, there are other resources, optional supplementary material, links to good material and ideas elsewhere, and a Resource Manual that every participant can take away with them to use in their own church to improve their ministry of witness & evangelism. This has already been trialled to good effect in Chichester Diocese.
This toolkit helps provide a firm foundation for longer-term planning for community-based mission by small, rural or dispersed churches. There are four significant elements to it: Gaining an accurate picture of the nature, state and population of the local communities served by the church(es) - which includes an understanding of what needs are most acute there, and what resources or facilities already exist to help meet those needs; gaining an accurate picture of the resources, abilities, gifts and people present within the local church(es) - which enables an assessment of what may and may not be realistic for the local church; investigating what possibilities exist for partnership with other local bodies, agencies or organisations – whether church-related or otherwise; realistically assessing in what areas and in what ways the local church(es) can and should engage with and serve their communities.
Christians have been using a set of cards called ‘the Jesus Deck’ to share Jesus story with people in places ranging from psychic fairs to community fetes and local pubs. In a visual culture where few people read the bible these cards open up the bible stories like modern day stained glass windows. Developed in the 1970s in the USA as a Sunday school teaching aid, the Jesus Deck has become so widely used by Christians in the UK that they have been sold out worldwide. Now, however they have been reprinted in the UK and are available again to use in creatively communicating the Christian faith.
Penny Horseman, former evangelism adviser with the Diocese of Chelmsford who has organised the reprint said: “I am so excited by the opportunities that this reprint of the Jesus Deck affords. It is some years since I first got my hands on a set of these colourful cards. And I found that as I sat with people and we looked at the cards together something amazing happened. People just opened up to share their life's journey with me and we were able to make connections between that journey and Jesus.”
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell added: “The Jesus Deck tells the Christian story and enables Christians to share their faith in a rather different way. I hope it will be used by many churches as a new way of engaging people with the challenges and delights of the Christian faith.”
Sister Canon Penny Horseman C.A. is an encourager and trainer in evangelism. www.tathana.com
We are printing a further 50,000 copies, which will supplied and invoiced by Trust Media. Distribution will be from 25th June. Please note the cost has risen slightly, to £35 per pack of 50 copies, plus postage at cost. This is due to a smaller print run and costs incurred by our third party distributor. If you need to cancel or amend your order please contact Trust Media by calling 0800 195 8473, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my capacity as Chair of the Council of the College of Evangelists I am pleased to attach a copy of this year’s newsletter. I should be grateful if you would be so kind as to forward this to anyone in your diocese whom you feel would benefit from reading it. Paper copies are available from my office here in Worcester or in PDF format at www.collegeofevangelists.org.uk.
Ordained Pioneer Minister Ongar & Fyfield Benefices and Lay Trainer
This innovative team needs an Ordained colleague who will have special responsibility for reaching outside the regular Sunday congregations. This is an imaginative and creative role as a Pioneer Ordained Minister
We are seeking to reach out from the comfort of our pews to further engage with the wider community and share the love of God with those around us.
We want this post to fit the right person and their God-given gifts. The main thing is that you are a Team Player who wants to work with a large group of people seeking to bring about God's kingdom in this area. We are already involved in various outreach activities and would be delighted for you to come and share with us in what we are doing – and help us to develop new ways of doing it.
This post is for five years initially with the possibility of extension to seven years.
Why is it so important to invest in leaders? Quite simply because leadership is a vital catalyst for mission. At CPAS, they’re committed to developing local church leaders (lay and ordained) to release their maximum impact for the gospel.
Please take a couple of minutes to watch there short video message to learn more about the types of leaders we equip to fulfil their potential in extending God’s kingdom: www.cpas.org.uk/leaders
ROOTS has been publishing ecumenical, lectionary-based worship resources for ten years. Our two bi-monthly magazines, ROOTS Adult & All Age and ROOTS Children & Young People, are supported by our website, www.rootsontheweb.com.
FREE on the ROOTS website – you don’t need a subscription to access these extra resources
Gigantic welcome: Resources for summer 2012 on the theme of hospitality
Celebrate 2012 with our Gigantic Welcome. As thousands of visitors come here for the Games, ROOTS has taken this opportunity to provide resources to help focus our thoughts and commit our hearts to a gigantic act of British hospitality. How can we build on this opportunity to be open, welcoming communities?
As you know, in recent years we have organised a "MAP Study Day" for those diocesan officers who are working on MAP. These have been well received.
This year, I thought a new approach may be needed because MAP is now used by over half of our dioceses as part of their overall growth strategies, and now features in the draft National Growth Strategy - which the Archbishop's Council are working on - soon to be debated again in the General Synod.
By coincidence, Bob Jackson is organising a "Diocesan Church Growth Strategies" conference in the autumn (lunch to lunch Sept 4-6) and has invited me to lead a MAP session. I think it is of real value to include MAP in this wider context.
Although this conference is for northern dioceses, Bob has started to think about a similar conference for southern dioceses early next year.
This seems to me to be a good way forward, so I want to encourage you to book on to Bob's conference if you are from the north, or to register your interest in a southern conference if you are from the south - by writing to Bob."