Richard explains

Woosehill Church

Richard Lamey preached the sermon below at St Paul’s Church. However it is just as relevant to Woosehill Church. “This felt quite important as a new point of focus for us as a parish,” he writes “and I want to make sure that everyone has chance to catch up with what I said.
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A new blog

This blog has been created to explain and record how we are working towards the model of church outlined by Richard. We are participating in a project called Partnership For Missional Church (PMC) – which is simply a framework for becoming the church we need to be.

Richard explains “Most input on church growth and development starts with action but the glory of PMC is that it is rooted in prayer and spirituality and the specific talents and values of each church. It does not lead to a single model of a ‘good church’ but allows each church to build on what it already does well and become a better and more active and prayerful version of itself.”

PMC enables congregations to understand that effective mission rests on the ability to notice ‘what God is up to’ among themselves and in their neighbourhood. The ‘Partnership‘ in the title Partnership for Missional Church is, first and foremost, our partnership with God.

In tune with God’s dreams and desires

The process is designed to transform the church to be an engaging, effective, inspiring and flourishing body in tune with God’s dreams and desires for local communities. Congregations are encouraged to work with local community partners to make those dreams a reality. In doing so churches are enabled to discover God’s promised future for them, encouraging every member to get involved, and embody God’s vision of mission in that neigbourhood.

We’re not trying to do this in our own strength, however. A critical aspect of this venture is the recognition that it is God who does the work through us, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Prayer is foundational.

So what exactly is PMC?

Click here for more information

A prayer

Dear God, we pray that your Holy Spirit will guide and teach us as we seek to build upon the gifts we already have, as individuals and as a church. Enable us to become a better and more active and prayerful version of us. Give us eyes to see what you are doing, in our individual lives, in our church and in our neighbourhood. Transform Woosehill Church, we pray, to become an engaging, effective, inspiring and flourishing body in tune with your dreams and desires for our local community.

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