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.


Bishop of Durham Rt Rev Paul Butler speaking in a marquee
“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.”
Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

“[Five years ago] we were a forlorn and wounded church…saying a collective ‘woe is me’ in the face of a declining congregation and changed community. PMC enabled us to acknowledge where we were and who our neighbours are. By listening to God, each other and our neighbours we came to the realisation that the way forward was to come out from behind our churchyard walls and engage with our neighbours of all faiths. They are all there to be loved and by that we will show the Kingdom of God at work.”

Viv Froggatt – St Mary’s Humberstone
“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 2011–19

 “We were a church facing destruction…. Then…people came together and learned new skills and discovered talents they never knew they had. We were able to trust each other and trust God. We looked to find out what God was doing in our community and for help to guide us toward him. Now we are looking to a new and brighter future where we can join God and work with our community.”

Rev Mark Orr – Clifton Team Ministry

“PMC is probably the most interesting and potentially revolutionary experiment going on in the Church…today. Attentive and respectful of people and contexts, it is a process of slow, lasting and fundamental transformation….”

Stephen Pattison, HG Wood Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham

“Our church is really focussed on Mission in the local community. It is mainly as a result of the work we have done through PMC that people have started thinking about “What is Christianity about?” And “What is God calling us to do here in this place as this congregation with lots of skills?” PMC … can make a positive difference within the church. And whether it’s a little church with a small number of people or a large church like ourselves. Our congregation has doubled.”

Lay leader Ruth Hicks, St Peter’s Durham

“(PMC) is helping us become more missional by changing us and the way we think. It’s about a deep challenge, culture change and spiritual growth in ourselves and in how we do church… It’s not an easy process but it’s definitely worth it.”

Rev Rebecca Rogers, St John’s King’s Lynn

“…. In the modern world it’s so easy to go it alone…. But this is really premised on working with others.”

Rev James Shakespeare, St John’s Cambridge

“…I’ve not encountered any other process…which has had such a profound effect on those who have been involved in it.”

Rev Gill Lovell, Parish Development Adviser, Oxford Diocese

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