District Mission Development Plan

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As we ‘regather’ for a new connexional year after 18 months of pandemic, loss and limitation we are aware that many feel fragile, uncertain and anxious. We offer below our stated District priorities for the year 2021-2022 and hope that they help churches and Circuits in their discerning of what it is God requires of us at this time.

“We deeply desire as Methodist disciples in the Northampton District of the Methodist Church not just to speak about the love of God – but to show it, and to become it” Helen Cameron Chair of District.

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We see our plan as sitting within three wider relationships

  • with the environment
  • with ecumenical partners
  • with interfaith friends

As such the District seeks to develop a culture that is:

  • Committed to growth and multiplication
  • Evangelistic
  • Justice seeking
  • Inclusive

Committed to growth and multiplication

“But the word of God increased and multiplied” Acts 12:24

  • New places for new people. The District will support the circuits in engaging with identified new communities which they consider God could be calling them to work with. With the aim that each circuit will by the end of 2021-2022 have a sense of what God is calling them to do.
  • Explore with each circuit where new churches might be planted in communities where that is appropriate
  • Work with circuits so that each will have a current mission plan which will encourage the ceasing of some things as we begin to focus on growth of all kinds.
  • Supporting circuits, churches and leaders across the District to engage with opportunities for multiplication and growth of disciples through training and good practice sharing (possible buddy scheme between circuits and churches)
  • DME to Research and identification of key resource circuits that will help encourage establishing new places for new people across the District.
  • Commit to develop and train lay and ordained leaders that are committed to multiplication and growth through partnering with the Learning Network….
  • Ensure tools for growth like ‘Methodist Way Of Life’ are being utilised in context to promote multiplying disciples. DME with Learning Network officer to conduct feasibility study and review how this work might be used to grow disciples in the District.
  • In partnership with the Evangelism and Growth (connexional) team input into the Circuits the establishment of clear discipleship pathways
  • To work with Learning Network and others to research the new version of the Young Leader’s scheme to commence in 2022-2023.

Evangelistic

It is I, Jesus, who sent … this testimony for the churches…. Let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. – Revelation 22:16- 17

  • Encouragement in a District wide evangelistic storytelling initiative around Easter called ‘Love is___’ 8th April 2022- 22nd April 2022.
  • Extend the reach of our evangelism, as churches and individuals, through our responsible use of digital media.
  • Encourage use of stories in worship and community settings. Partner with Evangelism and Growth team and the story project to equip churches and circuits to tell their story effectively.
  • Encourage and resource all circuits as they participate in invitation events like 3 Generate and Thy Kingdom Come, Bible Month.
  • Building expectancy of God at work in our worship and developing resources to compliment this.
  • Develop and recruit new local preachers and or worship leaders that are encouraged in their evangelistic giftings with the support of the Learning Network.

Justice Seeking

“let justice roll down like waters” Amos 5:24

  • Work with Circuits and churches to see how New Places For New People or DAF mission grants might be used to establish new movements of Christians that are witnessing to those on the margins.
  • Partner with JPIT, All We Can and other Methodist affiliated charities who work that challenges injustice both in the UK and globally.
  • As outlined in the God for All strategy ‘Church at the margins is orientated around those who are economically vulnerable or impoverished.’ Therefore churches and circuits are encouraged to consider what activities should be run for the areas that are most in economical need post pandemic in their community.
  • To explore how District events might be margin focused e.g. synod
  • Committing to engage with the work of walking with Micah project at district, circuit, and church level.
  • To encourage churches and circuits, and District to move towards becoming an Eco District and build on the legacy of the green District champions

Inclusive

“for you are all one in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3:28

  • To encourage churches and circuits to see how safeguarding is core to our mission.
  • To increase more diverse participation in our representatives to the Conference and Synod, in our membership of committees and groups and those holding office, as well as on the Methodist Pioneering Pathways
  • Encourage churches to consider how they might take forward digital approaches from the pandemic to worship to ensure all are welcome in worship
  • The District to support churches to explore how their places of worship might be inclusive and accessible for their local context.
  • Encourage churches, circuit, and District to implement the justice, dignity and solidarity programme in particular in the work of anti-racism.
  • To encourage every circuit to engage with the application of the God in loves unites report to see how their spaces and places become safe places for all, so that all are welcome

 

 


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