I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
St Paul, 1 Cor 3:6
The Growth programme was launched in 2005 and every parish was asked to develop its own, locally shaped plan for growth taking into account their cultural context, their theological tradition, their available resources and Deanery strategies.
Strategy Support is here to offer help to parishes developing their plans or putting them into practice.
When Jesus told stories about the “Kingdom of God”, they were stories of growth. St Paul stresses that it is God that gives growth; but for God to play his part, we must play ours with prayer and purposeful effort.
The Growth Programme takes a holistic approach and has four key components:
growing in Commitment
growing in Partnership
growing in Influence
growing in Numbers
Anything to Declare? >>
Not everyone is called to be an evangelist; Anything to Declare is a workshop enabling all the baptised faithful to talk about Jesus and their faith in him with their friends and neighbours.
Mind the Gap >>
Operating on the principle that most people belong before they believe, this single day or evening workshop for Church leadership carefully works with building connection and building understanding and enables churches to plot stepping stones for people at various stages of their spiritual development.
Mission Shaped Ministry >>
Training for those involved in, or considering, fresh expressions of church. Running ecumenically in over 50 centres across the UK with more than 2000 students enrolled. The Diocese of Bristol is working with the Bristol District of the Methodist Church to offer it locally, starting Saturday 8 Jan 2011. The part-time course takes participants on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church.