Partnership for Missional Church:
It's not quick. It’s not easy. It’s not something you can do alone.
You could say the same things about freedom. And that’s what we want churches to find: freedom in God’s mission. To understand how God is at work and to feel the joy of joining in.
With so many churches under pressure to grow more, give more, do more – we want to help them discover:
- The release that comes from relying on God
- The liberty that comes from taking the time to listen
- The confidence that comes from genuinely connecting with your community
- The impact of innovating, risk-taking and not being afraid to experiment
- The lightness of living out your call as a church
“I'm enthusiastic about Partnership for Missional Church because it's aimed at getting deep culture change in a congregation – it's not a quick fix – and I'm enthusiastic because of the change I've seen in me and in the people around me who have been part of the journey.”
Rt Rev Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading
It’s not a course. It’s not a programme. It’s not prescriptive.
Then how does it work?
Partnership for Missional Church is a three-year process, and that’s just the beginning. See, we told you it wasn’t quick – that’s kind of the beauty of it. And that’s why you’ll see such deep change.
The PMC journey involves clusters of 12-15 local congregations meeting together regularly.
“[Five years ago] we were a forlorn and wounded church…saying a collective ‘woe is me’ in the face of a declining congregation and changed community. PMC enabled us to acknowledge where we were and who our neighbours are. By listening to God, each other and our neighbours we came to the realisation that the way forward was to come out from behind our churchyard walls and engage with our neighbours of all faiths. They are all there to be loved and by that we will show the Kingdom of God at work.”
Viv Froggatt – St. Mary’s Humberstone
The three-year process
- The first phase is all about listening, paying attention and discovering where God is already at work inside and outside the local church. Six specific spiritual practices are introduced that help people be naturally missional rather than simply doing mission activities. Some people call these spiritual practices “holy habits”.
- The second phase focuses on experimenting. Based on what churches discover about themselves and their communities in phase one, the next step is to take some mission risks and learn from both what works well and what doesn’t. This is all done with people in the local community, not just ‘for’ them.
- The third phase is focused on recognising God’s particular mission call for your church and figuring out how you are going to put it into action. The outcomes will look different for each congregation.
“We were a church facing destruction…. Then…people came together and learned new skills and discovered talents they never knew they had. We were able to trust each other and trust God. We looked to find out what God was doing in our community and for help to guide us toward him. Now we are looking to a new and brighter future where we can join God and work with our community.”
Rev Mark Orr – Clifton Team Ministry
It might not be for everyone.
We don’t want to sugar-coat it: getting deep culture change can be tough and moving towards freedom in mission can be scary for some. We have seen people give up.
But those who have stuck with the PMC journey have seen real changes in things like worship attendance and genuine community connections.
Furthermore, they’ve seen many people who aren’t clergy become empowered for leadership and get more involved, which helps churches thrive.
And together, churches have developed creative, innovative and effective ways of making God’s dreams for their communities come true.
So if you are serious about wanting to see real transformation, if you’re ready to delve deeper into God’s word and if you are willing to trust him as your primary partner in mission, then get in touch with Church Mission Society and we’ll be here for you along the way.
PMC. Be set free.
For more information, please contact Nigel Rooms on firstname.lastname@example.org