Embracing new expressions of worship is one of the many ways you can grow your church
The faithful, weekly Sunday worship of traditional forms of church continue to deeply root, nourish and sustain us and these sit alongside new and differently creative forms of church sometimes within the same parish. We sometimes refer to this as a mixed ecology of church.
Our vision is to grow the Diocese of Oxford that establishing new congregations in contextually appropriate ways is a normal part of parish life in every deanery and social context with a good knowledge and skill base to support this.
We are noticing that churches across the diocese are asking:
How do we reach those in our community who don’t currently come to church?
What is a new congregation?
How might starting a new congregation be a next missional step for us as a parish?
In the video below, Bishop Steven answers these questions and more:
Parish Development Advisors
Our Parish Development Advisers (PDAs) are members of our team and would normally be the first contact for parishes who wish to explore ‘growing your church’.
PDAs walk alongside you and your church in discerning and enabling a vision for God’s work in your community. A process of listening, experimenting and learning that leads to growing your church including establishing a new worshiping congregation might begin with you having a conversation with your PDA, and they can provide ongoing support along that journey including visiting your ministry or leadership team, speaking with your PCC or facilitating a discernment process. They and the team can connect you with a peer learning community (sometimes called a Greenhouse) and both specialist and coaching support.
See our detailed Questions and Answers for more information to help you get going, and check out page 9 of the Winter 23/4 edition of Pathways magazine for further information on enlarging the place of your tent.
Watch our short videos on our YouTube channel.