Mission Areas provide new ways of churches working together to resource mission and ministry to fulfil the diocesan vision and priorities.
A Mission Area brings together parishes committed to developing a coordinated approach to mission across a wider geographical area; to focus, share and multiply mission resources and practice; and to provide a context in which new leaders and ministers can explore vocation and develop in a mission focused setting.
Each Mission Area is centred on a a parish that has been fruitful in making disciples, growing leaders and engaging younger generations, that has the right kind of leadership and a wider vision for their area to become a church that resources the wider area.
These resource churches have shown their potential to grow and support other churches. The churches have been chosen because they have been fruitful in making disciples, growing leaders and engaging younger generations and have strong leadership and a wider vision for their area.
The Diocese is currently developing three Mission Areas in different contexts:
- An expanding new town area (eight churches in Yate and Fromeside)
- An established mixed suburban/outer estates area, including four parishes in the 20% most deprived in the country (five churches in Avonside)
- A rural context (33 parishes in six benefices in North Wiltshire)