Since my appointment as Church Planting Officer last September it has been my pleasure to meet and chat with so many of you over zoom. How encouraging it has been, despite all the challenges that we have been experiencing, to talk about your thoughts and visions for initiating and nurturing new faith communities. In time, and as we begin to move out of lockdown, I hope to be able to meet in person with many of you in your local communities in order to further explore how you and your churches can be part of our district 'New Places for New People' strategy.
As we build together towards the launch of this initiative, I am delighted that my friend Rev’d Dr. Michael Moynagh has agreed to join us for a zoom meeting on Monday 28th June at 7.30 pm. You may have come across some of Michael’s many books on mission, ministry and church planting. Michael is a Church of England Minister based at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, and for more than 20 years he has researched and written about the emerging church. On Monday 28th I willinterview Michael and he will share his thoughts about good practice when starting new faith communities. This is afantastic opportunity to hear from one of the leading thinkers in this area and I will ensure that there is also good opportunity for you to ask Michael any questions that you may have.
The zoom link for this meeting is:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9910253725 / Meeting ID: 991 025 3725
I do hope that you will be able to join Michael and I for this meeting. In the meantime might Irecommend his latest book ’The 21st Century Christian – Following Jesus Where Life Happens.’ In this book Michael explores how starting new faith communities is born out of our personal discipleship. Michaelwrites that;‘As Christians we long to make an impact on our communities. We want to offer contributions to make the world a better place. But howwill we do this?’ The book isavailable here on the Fresh Expressions website: https://fxresourcing.org/shop/.
Thanks for taking the time to read this email and I hope to be able to meet with you in person very soon.
Rev'd Anthony Clowes
Manchester & Stockport District
Church Planting Officer