GROWTH PLANS FOR FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH AND LIGHTWAVE GROUPS

The Church of England’s research into church growth suggests that

“churches that intend to grow, tend to grow”.

The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese recommends all fresh expressions of Church and the small groups behind them create a Plan for Growth to help them flourish in your own unique context. 

BENEFICE GROWTH PLANS

Most fresh expressions of Church are part of a wider benefice.  The Diocesan Website explains three simple steps to help benefices create a Plan for Growth:

1) Listen to your communities - 

2) Choose your three main priorities

3) Plan your next steps

The listening stage above involves the whole benefice community coming to listen and discern together and carefully discerned plans of fresh expressions of Church and Lightwave groups will be really helpful to feed into this.

MATERIALS TO HELP YOU DISCERN YOUR CALL AS A SMALL GROUP

The small group materials below are designed for a Lightwave group or other small group.  They help the group to listen to God and the community and  identify what it can do in mission.  As part of this they encourage you to work with your incumbent and wider benefice.  With a little adaptation, some of these materials could also be used resource a team who were leading a wider discernment process in the benefice.  Feel free to adapt and select from them as you find most helpful.

The Suffolk Discipleship Pathway is a tried and tested way of helping congregations and small groups identify how they can help people as they explore faith and become disciples of Jesus.

Updated small group materials  and more information about how to send in your growth plan and coming soon....

If you would like further help, please contact archdeacon.sally@cofsuffolk.org

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