In order to reach London with the gospel we need to reach more of the existing population and also those arriving and moving into many of the new areas being built. As part of its Captial Vision 2020, the Diocese of London is committed to starting 100 new worshipping communities by 2020 in new ways, in new places, for new people.
It may be a new build in a new residential community; a parish that needs a fresh start; a partnership grafting new people into an existing church; starting a new congregation reaching a different people group; planting a team into an estate; starting a church in a local school; planting a network church; establishing a missional community in a hard to reach place.
What could this look like in your parish, deanery or area?
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Cities are particularly in need of larger city-centre churches that fulfil a resourcing role. Typically, such a resource church will be drawing people from across all or part of the city and will have a Godly vision to see a wide impact around the city and the practical abilities to make that happen.
Even the biggest city churches cannot reach the city on their own, but they can release their capacity to energise a city vision that many other churches can get behind. City centre resource churches can do this by supporting their bishops, planting churches, releasing specialist resources, sending teams and developing leaders.
A resource church is a church-planting church which resources other forms of mission across a city or town:
designated a resource church by the diocesan bishop
part of a diocesan strategy to evangelise a city or town and transform society
intentionally resourced to plant and revitalise churches, and
develops a pipeline of leaders for further planting
provides other resources for mission across a city or town.