Emma Miles, a growth-funded Multiply leader based at West Hill in the Parish of Bessingby and Bridlington, Christ Church, features in a new report published by Myriad, a movement of people with a vision to see a multiplication of new forms of church across this nation and beyond.

Myriad's report 'Listening to the Voice of the Lay Planters' sets out the findings of a piece of research into the experiences of lay church planters, culminating in ten recommendations to help shape the future equipping and resourcing of lay church planters around the UK.

Myriad is a venture of The Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication, led by Bishop of Islington Ric Thorpe, which equips and resources the Church to reach new people, in new places, in new ways with the good news of Jesus Christ. It aims to support the planting of 10,000 new, predominantly lay-led, Church of England churches in the next ten years resulting in 1 million new disciples of Jesus Christ. And through partnership with other church networks to inspire similar movement and the re-evangelisation of our nation.

Commissioned in Autumn 2021, the Myriad team interviewed 20 lay church planters from 13 dioceses across the Church of England, who had each planted a new church community. The resulting report highlights the experiences of lay planters like Emma, who leads a new church community on the West Hill estate where she grew up in Bridlington.

Watch the video at ccx.org.uk/visual/listening-lay-report-launch to hear Emma’s story, of coming to faith in Jesus Christ and experiencing a transformation that inspired her to start a church to help others encounter Jesus, and the significance of the support and encouragement provided by Revd Mark Carey, the Parish Priest of Christ Church, Bridlington.

Pictured: Emma Miles (centre) in the video with Mark Carey (left) and Myriad Lead John McGinley (right)