Our Church's Future Story
Resources to help churches plan for the continuation of their mission
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What’s your church’s future story?
Reflect on your church’s strengths and how it lives out the gospel of God’s love within your own community in today’s changing times.
Designed to help churches explore their future, this set of cards offers practical and enjoyable ways of stimulating conversations.
• Discuss your church’s present situation.
• Investigate your church’s future potential to continue responding to the call of God.
• Develop a new story by putting that into action.
Designed specifically for Methodists by the Mission Resource Development Group, this set of resources takes your church, circuit or district through the process of considering and planning for the next chapter in their story. It comes in the form of a set of cards for use by a facilitator – perhaps a presbyter, local leader or outside mentor.
The cards are designed to be used for a half-day event, but could also be used for a series of evening events or adapted for other settings too (such as café-style worship or as part of a regular service).
While some of the cards are introductory, the rest of the cards divide into two categories: exploratory cards are for churches beginning to think about future changes, while developmental cards are for churches wishing to plan concretely for future changes.
You should feel free to adapt and use the cards in whatever way works best, although a suggested running order is offered.