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Mission Shaped Ministry

Mission Shaped Ministry is a part time one year course that equips people for planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church. Run in conjunction with the Methodist Church in Lancashire, it’s suitable for lay and ordained people who are thinking of starting a Fresh Expression or planting a new church congregation or are already involved with one. It will next run in Blackburn Diocese from Saturday 30th September 2017 to March 2018.

Who is it for?

  • Those exploring how to begin sustain and grow a fresh expression of church

  • Experienced pioneers who want to reflect on what they are doing

  • Those wanting to learn qualities of Christian Ministry

  • Those who want their churches to be more effective in mission

  • All denominations, traditions, ages and from urban, rural and suburban contexts

The course is delivered ecumenically and is designed for busy Christians.  Using varied learning styles and resources,, it provides opportunities to reflect on your context and story.

The initial day will be a Saturday, and then over the next few months there will be four evening meetings in Bamber Bridge on Wednesdays (with the opportunity to go to Carlisle on Thursdays if that works better for you). The course will end in March 2018 with a weekend conference, though there will be opportunities to attend some additional optional modules on Saturdays in 2018.

The cost will be £285 which includes the weekend away and all materials and refreshments.

The dates are as follows

Joint sessions

Wednesdays at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church near Preston, just off M65/M6

Thursdays at Carlisle Diocesan Offices in Penrith

Saturday 30th September 2017 at Penrith Methodist Church




Wednesday 11th October 2017

Thursday 12th October 2017


Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017


Wednesday 10th January 2018

Thursday 11th January 2018


Wednesday 7th February 2018

Thursday 8th February 2018

Residential weekend 16th – 18th March 2018 at Cumbria Park Hotel, 32 Scotland Road, Carlisle, CA3 9DG



The course leaders and teachesr include David Banbury, John and Olive Drane, Richard Passmore, Alison Ransome, Archdeacon Mark Ireland, Linda Tomkinson and Grant Ashton.

For further details please email or you can download a flyer and booking form here

More information about what the course involves can be found at

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