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Parishes asked to begin discussions on forming Mission Communities

06 May 2014

Initial discussions to begin over formation of new Mission Communities

Parishes across the Diocese of Lincoln are being asked to consider how they may become a Mission Community.

Packs have been sent out this week, asking parishes to hold initial discussions at their PCC about which churches and organisations they work well with now as well as would like to explore working with. They are also being asked to look at their church buildings and consider which of four categories describes them best. An initial response to both areas should then be fed back to the Diocese by 14 July.

Mission Communities are a means of helping parishes to ensure that the heart of the gospel is lived out in every community through a commitment to growing in worship, mission and discipleship.

In some areas, the existing parish or benefice will be the natural Mission Community. Others may wish to explore sharing with a neighbouring parish or benefice to ensure the human and financial resources available result in an effective Mission Community.

In addition to the packs, which contain both a useful workbook and the feedback forms, workshops on forming Mission Communities will also be available at the forthcoming Archidiaconal Mission and Pastoral Committees.

These will take place as follows:

Mon, 12 May at 7pm
Archdeaconry of Boston: Swineshead Church Hall, Market Place, Swineshead, PE20 3LJ

Tue, 13 May at 7pm
Archdeaconry of Stow & Lindsey: Market Rasen Festival Hall, Caistor Road, Market Rasen, LN8 3JA

Thu, 15 May at 7pm
Archdeaconry of Lincoln: St James' Church, Church Street, Spilsby, PE23 5EF

Rural deans, deanery lay chairs and some trained local church members will also be available to support PCC discussions following the AMPC meetings.

To view the Mission Communities workbook, which also gives details of the categories of church categorisation, click here.

Alternatively you can download the workbook and both forms

Mission Communities Workbook, 316 KB PDF document
Mission Communities Form, 144 KB PDF document
Church Categorisation Form, 1914 KB PDF document