God calls churches to grow as they serve, worship and pray; therefore, we aim to focus on the potential for numerical growth, enabling lay and ordained leadership, and encouraging local opportunities for those exploring Christian faith.
By 2020, impact and attendance will have increased in 20 identified parishes (some will be parishes currently having the lowest per capita attendance, others will be those with significant potential for further growth).
The first parishes have been identified, and funding from the national church is enabling them to employ specialist lay missioners.
Working with the congregation to develop plans has enabled the employment of two children and families missioners. These specialist roles are both three-year appointments and cover the areas of Denton, Newbiggin Hall and Cowgate.
Initial feedback of the impact being made by the appointments is positive and a formal evaluation process is being introduced.
Work is now starting to identify the next wave of pilot parishes by assessing their current position and then agreeing priorities to develop a work plan.
This will include exploring the links between impact planning and mission action planning to identify existing parish and diocesan resources for these plans.
Our vision is that the pilots identify models for numerical growth that can be replicated in other parishes where there is both a need and desire for change, and the potential for numerical growth.
To get involved or for further details email the Bishop of Berwick.