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Synod lite resources for mission how do the pieces fit

Synod Lite: Resources for Mission – How do the pieces fit?

Revd Roy Lowes


Vision 2020
Vision 2020

  • Framework to inspire and support mission planning at every level of the URC: local, Synod and Assembly

  • A tool to help churches plan for mission regularly – where we are going

  • Spells out the areas of church life to focus on on our journey. – where we are

Strengthening ouridentity

Growing in spirituality and prayer

Workingecumenically Doingevangelism

Engaging in communities

WelcomingallGrowingthe church

Participating in global mission

Working forjustice and peace Caring for creation


Vision 20201
Vision 2020

  • Vision 2020 starts with the local church

  • Maps the areas of church life that we are concentrating on at a particular time.


Mission statements
Mission Statements

Spirituality and Prayer

Identity

Christian Ecumenical Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Hospitality and Diversity

Evangelism

Church Growth

Global Partnerships

Justice and Peace

The Integrity of Creation


Synod Youth

Executive

Assembly Mission Team

Synod Evangelist

Synod Training

Team

Mission Fund

Assembly Mission Team

Synod Evangelist

Mission Fund

Radical Welcome

Synod Training

Team

Local Mission and Ministry Review

Radical Welcome

Church of North India Exchange

Church of North India Exchange

Synod Youth

Executive

Local Mission and Ministry Review

Radical Welcome


Which resources
Which resources?

  • Which resources do we use when?

  • First of all

    • What are we trying to do?

    • What are our mission pledges?


Mission pledges

Mission pledges

What churches might pledge


Mission pledges1
Mission Pledges

Spirituality and Prayer

Identity

Christian Ecumenical Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Hospitality and Diversity

Evangelism

Church Growth

Global Partnerships

Justice and Peace

The Integrity of Creation


Mission pledges2
Mission Pledges

Spirituality and Prayer

To involve directly children and young people in prayer, Bible study and leading worship.

To provide opportunities for prayer and Bible study in small groups and in a variety of styles.


Mission pledges3
Mission Pledges

Spirituality and Prayer

Identity

Christian Ecumenical Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Hospitality and Diversity

Evangelism

Church Growth

Global Partnerships

Justice and Peace

The Integrity of Creation


Mission pledges4
Mission Pledges

Spirituality and Prayer

Identity

Christian Ecumenical Partnerships

Community Partnerships

To lead work with children and young people ‘outside’ the church

To play an active role to run or support a local community project.


Mission pledges5
Mission Pledges

Spirituality and Prayer

Identity

Christian Ecumenical Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Hospitality and Diversity

Evangelism

Church Growth

Global Partnerships

Justice and Peace

The Integrity of Creation


Mission pledges6
Mission Pledges

Spirituality and Prayer

Identity

Christian Ecumenical Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Hospitality and Diversity

Evangelism

To develop local church activities that attract and

involve children and young people from outside church.

To plan and undertake activities whose primary function is to share the gospel.



Resources
Resources

Synod Resources

URC Resources

Wider Church

Resources

Synod Training

Team

Radical Welcome

Mission Fund

Assembly Mission Team

Church of North India Exchange

Synod Youth

Executive

Synod Evangelist

Local Mission & Ministry Review



LMMR

Synod Youth Exec.

Radical Welcome

Church of North India

Exchange

Mission Fund

Synod Training Team

Synod Evangelist

Assembly Mission Team

Spirituality

and Prayer

To provide opportunities for prayer and Bible study in small groups and in a variety of styles.

Synod Training

Team

Prayer Toolkit

Gateways

Into

Prayer


Training for learning and serving
Training for Learning and Serving

  • A spiritual journey

  • A variety of courses in subjects related to Christian life and Discipleship

  • A diverse learning experience with opportunities for:

  • Reflective and practical work

  • Personal and group study

  • Local and residential gatherings

  • Basic to diploma levels of study

  • A fellowship of friendly people


LMMR

Synod Youth Exec.

Radical Welcome

Church of North India

Exchange

Mission Fund

Synod Training Team

Synod Evangelist

Assembly Mission Team

Community

Partnerships

Synod Training

Team

To lead work with children and young people ‘outside’ the church

Mission Fund

Synod Youth

Executive


Synod mission fund
Synod Mission Fund

  • A £1 million fund is now available

  • Local Churches can apply to the Synod for financial assistance towards the achievement of Mission Pledges.

  • A Youth Worker, a Development Worker, equipment for a Film Club and support for a Day Care Centre for the Elderly are some of the projects supported so far

  • Contact: Christine Grace, Synod Office


LMMR

Synod Youth Exec.

Radical Welcome

Church of North India

Exchange

Mission Fund

Synod Training Team

Synod Evangelist

Assembly Mission Team

Evangelism

To plan and undertake activities

whose primary function is to share the gospel.

Synod Evangelist

Year of

Evangelism

Gateways

Into

Evangelism


Synod evangelist
Synod Evangelist

  • The post is for an Evangelist to serve in the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church

  • The aim of the post is to build confidence, share skills and inspire churches and individuals in evangelism.

  • When appointed the Synod evangelist will be available to churches and ministers to

    • proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ

    • inspire, equip, challenge and support others

    • work with Synod officers in responding to the opportunities of the Radical Welcome Campaign

    • develop good practice in evangelism across a range of theological perspectives


Many other resources
Many other resources . . .

  • Bible Society

  • Alternative Worship

  • Roots

  • Health and Healing

  • Labyrinth

  • URC Retreat Group

  • Christian Aid

  • HOPE

  • .

  • etc

  • See Synod website: www.urcwestmidlands.org.uk


Which resources1
Which resources?

  • Which resources do we use when?

  • First of all

    • What are we trying to do?

    • What are our mission pledges?


Synod

Training Team

Mission Fund

Assembly Mission Team

Synod Evangelist

Radical Welcome

Synod Youth

Executive

LMMR

Church of North India Exchange



A partnershi p
A Partnership

  • Synod and local churches operating as a partnership

    • Synod provides resources – you need us

    • Synod staffed by people from local churches – we need you

    • You are us and we are you

  • Partnership evolves

    • Hello

    • Goodbye


Your turn
Your turn

  • In order for you and your church to work within Vision 2020 and draw on as well as support the Synod in its work,

    • What do you still urgently need to know?

    • Whom do you need to contact?

    • What would you like to say?

  • Analyse responses over lunch

  • Key responses in afternoon session


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