What people say about Partnership for Missional Church

Our video tells the story of two churches in Nottingham and their experience of the Partnership for Missional Church journey.

And below you can read what they and others have said about their experience of Partnership for Missional Church.

“I am delighted to commend the Partnership for Missional Church process, having seen its fruit at first hand. It’s a wonderful journey that helps churches discover a sense of purpose, discern the call of God, and engage in joyful, hopeful mission in their local communities. It’s not a quick fix – but much more importantly brings enduring, fruitful and deeply spiritual change.”
Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

“It’s hard work…because PMC is requiring a change of orientation and of mindset. For individuals, they’re being called to be more open to God in their everyday lives. For churches, there’s a change in the balance of relationship between clergy and lay people – the way that the work is shared, the way that leadership is shared.”

Rosemary Pearce, Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Oxford

“PMC is probably the most interesting and potentially revolutionary experiment going on in the Church of England today. It embodies a theology of long-term, holistic, communal and personal development and commitment which is both deeply humane and radically faithful.  Attentive and respectful of people and contexts, it is a process of slow, lasting and fundamental transformation with the potential to change the whole way that we think about congregational development and the nature and theology of the church. It is the opposite of the popular but superficial top-down quick fixes for church decline and depression which look set to continue to fail, as sadly they have in the past. I am incredibly excited about its practical and theological possibilities as it continues to unfold.”

Stephen Pattison, HG Wood Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham
“St Ann with Emmanuel is a church for everybody. If you live in the community: obviously it’s a community church.”
Bukky, St Ann’s, Nottingham

“Rather than being passive and waiting and interested in Sundays, we’re now increasingly churches which are involved in the community, more open about talking about God and more determined to try and get out there and do stuff rather than waiting for people to come to us.”

Rev Richard Lamey, Rector, St Paul’s Wokingham
“I’m enthusiastic about Partnership for Missional Church because it’s aimed at getting deep culture change in a congregation – it’s not a quick fix – and I’m enthusiastic because of the change I’ve seen in me and in the people around me who have been part of the journey.”
Rt Rev Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading

“I came to PMC as someone who sits most comfortably within the evangelical, charismatic tradition. One of the things that I found most compelling is the way in which I learnt practices which were new to me and which I was able to adopt into my own spirituality. It gently challenged my spirituality in such a way that God became bigger and faith became broader, without asking me to leave being an evangelical behind.”

Rev Dr Gabrielle Thomas, University of Durham

“For me personally just coming together in our cluster … has been really positive, really formative – has developed my own spirituality and spiritual strength.”

Mary, steering group leader, Wokingham
“What we’ve been hearing at our PCCs and within our services are the stories of people who have been enthused by the process and the fact that God is working … and to see the belief in that growing has really started to capture people’s imaginations.”
Rev Luci Morris, Team Vicar, Hermitage Team Ministry

“PMC is a framework in which we as a church can go deeper and get to know God more.”

Christine Viney, Caversham Park Church Local Ecumenical Partnership
“See where God is working. And join in. That’s PMC.”
Densel Davy, Licensed Lay Minister, St Ann with Emmanuel, Nottingham

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