Been working on the Mission Shaped Ministry course which launches in September 2011 today, trying to get the advertising leaflets sent out. Thank Heaven for electronic mail. Whereas one time I would have had to send out almost 500 fliers by Royal Mail I can now send them out at the touch of a button. This is where e-mail works at its best. The blurb for the course reads as follows…………………………

mission shaped ministry equipping you to plant and sustain fresh expressions of church

You are invited to share a one-year learning journey in a supportive community to be equipped for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of church in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire from September 2011.

“The greatest benefit of the course is its practical side and the chance to talk through issues relevant to your situation.”

Leanne Corlett, previous course participant

Who is it for ?        Those exploring ideas for fresh expressions of Church; experienced pioneers who want to reflect on what they are doing; Christians who want their Churches to be more effective in mission; all denominations, traditions and ages; Urban, suburban and rural contexts.

What will you learn ?        How to begin, sustain and grow a fresh expression of Church; qualities of Christian ministry; listening to God in your context.

Features of the course     Designed for busy Christians; Delivered ecumenically; Local and national teachers; Reflection on your context and story; Varied learning styles and resources; Coaching, mentoring, learning networks; An online guide to fresh expressions.

Modules include       Mission Context,  The mission of God, Vision and call, Values, Starting something new, Listening for mission, What is Church ?, Gospel and culture, Team roles and behaviour, Leadership, Spirituality, Discipleship, Children and all ages, Evangelism, Lessons from weaknesses, Handling setbacks and failure, Small group Church, Worship and the sacraments,

We, through the Church of England and Methodist Church in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire allied with the Groundlevel network and the United Reformed Church are delighted to make MSM available locally.

We believe it will be a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in this area. Individuals are most welcome, but we particularly hope that small groups from a church or fresh expression will come as this will deepen the impact of the course.

The course leaders are Revd M Mitton and Revd M Redshaw.

Teachers include Revd M Mitton, Revd M Redshaw, Revd R Quarton and Mr G Bell.

Course timetable and venue

Saturday 3rd September 2011

Monday 19th September 2011

Monday 17th October 2011

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2011

Monday 12th December 2011

Saturday 14th January 2012

Monday 20th February 2012

Monday 19th March 2012

Monday 16th April 2012

Monday 21st May 2012

Saturday 16th June 2012

Saturdays run from 09.30 to 15.30, Mondays from 19.30 to 21.15, both at St Andrew’s LEP, Station Road, Langley Mill,

Nottinghamshire, NG16 4BP.

The residential weekend will be at Bawtry Hall, Bawtry, Doncaster, DB10 6JH.


£299 per person, which covers all materials, refreshments and the weekend away.

Financial support may be available.

Contact may be made through me on


“More and more Christian people are being led to God to plant, sustain and lead fresh expressions of Church. The course is a crucial means by which the Holy Spirit is preparing them for this calling, Go for it !”     Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, Methodist General Secretary.

“The next big step in taking fresh expressions of Church forward is making the right kind of training available in every part of the country. The course is making a major contribution here and I`m delighted to commend it”      Archbishop Rowan Williams.

I don`t know if this has wetted your appetite but whether it has or not please feel free to pass the word onto others AND please pray for us in our preparations.

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