Mission

Martin Hayward

Martin Hayward
131 Repton Road,
Orpington,
Kent BR6 9HY

Tel: 01689 878699

E-mail: missionofficer@urcsouthern.org.uk

 

 

Mission Criteria

This Synod……

  1. Is committed to looking for new opportunities for being the church in the geographical area of the Synod.
  2. Is committed to supporting and resourcing the local churches to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
  3. Is committed to caring pastorally for its local churches, ministers and staff.
  4. Is committed to supporting and resourcing local churches to provide relevant, inspiring and engaging worship.
  5. Is committed to being aware of the economic, political and social context of life in Southern England and will seek to help local churches address the implications of these issues for their life and work.
  6. Is committed to the proper care and administration of its resources through its personnel, finances and buildings.
  7. Is committed to the wider church of God through the United Reformed Church nationally, ecumenical relationships and the world church.
  8. Is committed to addressing issues of justice, peace and the environment.
  9. Is committed to regularly reviewing its life and mission in light of the above criteria always seeing the prompting and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Fresh Expressions Fresh Expressions logo

Fresh Expressions encourages new forms of church for a fast changing world, working with Christians from a variety of denominations and traditions. The initiative has resulted in hundreds of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches. Please link to this website for further information – www.freshexpressions.org.uk

USEFUL WEB PAGES AND BOOKS

Links

Available from all good book stores

“Is Christianity for those who can’t get a life? What use is a dying God? Why is the Church so naff? If you’ve faced questions like these and felt tongue-tied, this is the book for you. It will help you talk more confidently with your friends about the hope that keeps you going. The user-friendly format of each chapter begins with a ‘What they say’ section. The author then identifies the key issue, before suggesting (in reassuring detail) how you might respond. All through the book you will find stories, as well as inspiring, poignant and witty quotes to work into your conversations whenever the opportunity may arise!”

Everybody Welcome Everybody Welcome

Everybody Welcome by Bob Jackson

978-0-7151-4192-2

Church House Publishing

Everybody Welcome is the complete course to transform your church by improving your approach to newcomers.

In five teaching sessions, it will help you review your attitudes to newcomers, learn new approaches and identify areas of improvement and change.

The course comes in three different parts, all designed to complement each other and ensure that everybody feels welcome in your church:

  • The Leaders’ Manual contains five sessions of material, with leaders’ notes, background notes and checklists to help you identify areas for change in your church.
  • The Members’ Manual provides preparatory material for the course, as well as summaries of each session. Designed to be used by each individual participant.
  • The DVD essential video content to enhance the course, designed to be used in conjunction with the leaders’ manual.

This is more than just a smile and a hand shake at the door! It is an opportunity to look afresh at how your church can engage the local community who visit the church.

CourseworkCoursework

By Chine Mbubaegbu

Looking for fresh inspiration for your walk with God? Here’s a range of discipleship courses available.

  • Freedom in Christ by Neil T Anderson and Steve Goss
  • The Apprentice Series by James Brian Smith
  • Square Mile by Evangelical Alliance
  • Lyfe
  • Discipleship Explored by Good Book Company
  • Ellel 365 by Ellel Ministries
  • Change the World by Mike Slaughter
  • Just People

Download Coursework.

To and Fro: Good News In Restless TimesTo and Fro Bible Resource

Biblical Resoures to help churches engage with features of the contemporary world

Written by Graham Adams

Sessions:

  1. Engaging with context: knowing where you are
  2. Transforming conversations with the Bible: more light and truth
  3. Engaging with culture: believing in a scientific age
  4. Transforming mission: being good news today
  5. Engaging with citizenship: faith in the public realm
  6. Transforming worship: dreaming wide awake

Download To and Fro Bible Resource.

The Year of the Lord’s FavorsThe-Year-of-the-Lord-s-Favor

Proclaiming Grace in the Year of Luke

Written by Tom Arthur

The Year of the Lord’s Favor: Proclaiming Grace in the Year of Luke, is commentary on the texts of the Revised Common Lectionary that is contextualized, politically engaged and unflinchingly honest. Comfort is cruel if it is based on an illusion. These reflections connect honestly and realistically with the ordinary circumstances of experience. They encourage the twenty-first century Christian to live in a way that transcends sentimentality and fear and live a faith that makes things happen.

Details here.

The Healing Beyond the MiracleThe_Healing_Beyond_the_Miracle

Written by Revd Dr Peter Stevenson

As a result of the research and writing of The Healing Beyond the Miracle there are a number of presentations that can be offered around the subjects of biblical interpretation and the healing ministry.

These can be adapted as a short taster session ideal for a fellowship meeting or a 60 – 90 minute study. They can also be developed into one-day training events or the subject matter for a longer conference.

Details here.