It is a time of new opportunities and potential in the Church of England Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our “Transforming Church” vision. For the past ten years, Transforming Church has informed our strategy for mission, with our seven areas of transformation and ten transforming church goals widely established.
Our region is young, diverse, creative, dynamic and constantly changing. In the midst of the political, economic, social and environmental changes, God is at work, inside and outside the church. Since 2009, Transforming Church has been shaping our vision across the Church of England in Birmingham, guiding us to be a Church that is growing ‘larger, wider, deeper and younger’ – a Church that is a transforming presence at the heart of our communities. The strapline spells out its core mission: to ‘grow churches at the heart of each community’. As such, Transforming Church has always had its heart in local parishes and in all forms of growth: numerical, spiritual and transformational. Seven Areas of Transformation alongside Ten Diocesan Goals have provided the framework for this.
Our ‘Growing Younger’ initiative which flowed out from this has been reaching and impacting many new children, young adults and families over the last five years. We have also been working on building capacity, sustaining momentum, increasing growth, reimagining ministry and embedding our commitment to mission and transformation within the culture of our church at a deeper level, releasing the gifts of many more lay and ordained. This has included an exciting programme of planting new worshipping communities under the banner of ‘Shaping the Future’, and within our strategic framework for mission and ministry ‘People and Places’.
To find out more about Growing Younger, click here.
Shaping the Future
At the start of 2017, we heard that we had been given another significant grant by the Church Commissioners towards a new phase of Transforming Church, called 'Shaping the Future'. This new phase builds on the good work already established through Growing Younger and the wider Transforming Church framework.
To find out more about Shaping the Future, click here.
People & Places
People & Places reimagines church leadership and ministry resources according to population, not historical parish boundaries. The framework aims to share financial resources more fairly across our diocese to build a capable church on a platform for sustainable growth.
We want to see more, and more confident, Christians.
Under the P&P framework every Christian community will have a leader. The nature of the leadership may be different to current church leadership though. A local church leader won’t necessarily be paid, ordained or full time. They will work with oversight ministers and additional context ministers. P&P means more ministry and leadership, not less.
To find out more about People & Places, click here.