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Last updated 7th September 2017

Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM)

To make it more cost effective and convenient to participants, changes have been made to this course.  There is no longer a residential weekend, as this has been replaced by two Satuday events on 17th March and 14th April.  All the Saturday events will take place at Dicoesan Offices rather than in Penrith so the venues are now Bamber Bridge Methodist Church and Blackburn Diocesan Offices.  This has reduced the cost to £120 per participant, making it more cost effective and more convenient for travelling.  Bookings are still being taken, so if you would like to attend, please complete the application form from the link further down this page and return it to Siobhan.

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, the Mission Shaped Ministry course is 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. The course will then end with two Saturday sessions in March and April 2018.

The cost will be £120 which includes the all materials and refreshments including lunches on the three Saturdays.

The course leaders and teachers include David Banbury, Alison Ransome, and Linda Tomkinson.

For further details please email or you can download an updated flyer and booking form.

The dates are now as follows:

Saturdays at Diocesan Offices

(including lunch)

Wednesday evenings at

Bamber Bridge Methodist Church

Saturday 30th September 2017



Wednesday 11th October 2017


Wednesday 22nd November 2017


Wednesday 10th January 2018


Wednesday 7th February 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018


Saturday 14th April 2018