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Partnership for Missional Church

Bishop Andrew Proud is a champion of Partnership for Missional Church

"I think we'll see fruit we can't begin to imagine" - Rt Rev Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading

Partnership for Missional Church is a three year process of spiritual reflection, transformation and engagement, which originated in the United States, travelled to South Africa and is now being launched nationally around the UK.

The Rev Luci Heyn talks about her team ministry's experience of the first year of Partnership for Missional Church.

Church Mission Society is partnering with Church Innovations, who developed the original concept, to deliver Partnership for Missional Church to clusters of local congregations. The process has already been adapted and delivered effectively among Anglicans and Baptists in over 30 UK congregations through two regional pilots.

The Rev Richard Lamey talks about his parish's experience of the first year of Partnership for Missional Church.

Research shows that congregations who complete the programme grow in worship attendance, conversions, lay leadership base and in partnership with constituencies outside the church.

Partnership for Missional Church is not a quick fix

Listen to Bishop Andrew Proud talking about why he is so enthusiastic about Partnership for Missional Church:


Partnership for Missional Church is a spiritual journey

Listen to Pat Keifert of Church Innovations on the basics of Partnership for Missional Church:


Partnership for Missional Church means:

  • A deep and long-term cultural change in congregational life towards ‘being mission’ rather than just carrying out mission activities
  • Discovering God as our primary partner in mission
  • Being in tune with God’s dreams and desires for local communities

Partnership for Missional Church involves:

  • Clusters of 12-15 local churches
  • A three-year commitment
  • Innovative spiritual practices

Partnership for Missional Church leads to:

  • Congregations aligned with the dreams and desires of God in their communities. For example, where the community is multi-cultural we will see the congregation reflect and embody this diversity.
  • Group benefices, teams and informal clusters of congregations finding a common vision and identity.
  • A liberated laity enabled to be missional in all they are and do – with the skills to make disciples of others, grow Christian community and make an impact in the world.
  • Joyful clergy who have the beliefs, skills and personal qualities to be spiritual leaders who ‘cultivate the environment’ for the congregation to flourish
  • A creative partnership between congregation and academy such that they are equal players in the development of new leadership, of learning and of theology4

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