The Church of England’s research into church growth suggests that
“churches that intend to grow, tend to grow”.
Creating a Plan for Growth is to help you, as a benefice, flourish in your own unique context. We have provided three simple steps to help you create your Plan for Growth:
1) Listen to your communities
We suggest you hold a Listening Event to broaden ownership of the process. This is the church community coming to listen and discern together. Use the Congregation Guide, Small Group guide and Growing in God prayer card to encourage people to join in with the process. Use your understanding of your local neighbourhood and networks to inform your decision making.
2) Choose your three main priorities
You may need a meeting to gather together the knowledge collected at your Listening Events. Once you have an idea of what you could focus on for your Plan for Growth, and what you want to prioritise, you need to decide prayerfully which of these you will choose to do. Remember to consider what you could stop doing.
3) Plan your next steps
Having chosen three main priorities for your benefice, you now need to create the first steps of an implementation plan.
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