A 'Ripple Effect'
In addition to their focus on the new worshipping community to be planted where they are located, the 14 ministers will offer encouragement to other churches, especially but not only in their own deanery, as they too seek to reach people in their 20s to 40s.
Rooted in a process of prayer, listening and discernment, the new ministers will aim to build teams to share in the task of gathering and building up Christian Community in their setting. Through life-enhancing relationships they will express the Gospel through actions and words, ensuring that the emerging community includes a commitment to plant further congregations and/or share significant resources within five to seven years.
They will contribute to an online ‘Diocesan Toolbox’ of resources to encourage and equip other churches in their own initiatives, and participate in a developing network co-ordinated by the Diocesan 20s-40s Team Leader, the Revd John Lee.
It is hoped that many of the parishes, benefices or deaneries in the Diocese will benefit from the new resources available to enable them to reach 20s-40s and during 2019 to a separate Fund will be created to enable part-time employment of 20s-40s focused lay ministers.