Fresh Expressions and Mission Shaped Ministry.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS AND MISSION SHAPED MINISTRY.
One of the denominational objectives of the UPCSA is to: “support the development of Missional congregations”. The Committee is determined to assist congregations and Presbyteries in this endeavour. A number of opportunities exist in this regard.
Why not invite the committee to come and make a presentation to your Presbytery or to your Presbytery’s Mission and Discipleship committee/working group? Another option is to invite the committee to send a “mission consultation” to your Presbytery to assist the Presbytery in identifying opportunities for Church Growth?
The committee also supports the course/apprenticeship “Mission Shaped Ministry” which is being “run” all over South Africa (Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Strand, Stellenbosch (among Theology students), George, Port Elizabeth, East London, Polokwane, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Durban.) It is hoped that in 2016, there will be at least two or three more. This course seeks to provide the tools for congregations to become more Missional. If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to contact the committee.
During 2014: the Convener, the Rev T Groeneveld and the eGoli Presbytery M&D Convener were trained in the Mission Shaped Ministry Course and all three did the “Train the Trainers” Course, thereby being certified to teach the MSM. In the Presbytery of Amatola, the Rev. Chris Moore is also certified to teach. The Revs. Jacques Murphy in Free State and Brian Smith in Thekwini are also trained as trainers. The Convener believes it is essential to make opportunities for more and more of our ministers and lay leaders to complete this course. The committee has set aside R 50 000 of its budget in 2014/15 to provide sponsorship.
It has been announced that the next International Conference of Fresh Expressions will be held in Cape Town from 16 to 18 February 2016. The Convener is on the national organising committee.