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Last updated 2nd June 2020

Vision Response to and Recovery from COVID19

The Bishop’s Chaplain, the Revd Sam Cheesman, has produced an incredibly helpful discussion document for the Parish of St Peter’s Salesbury but which may be of benefit to other parishes. It uses the shape of Vision 2026 to encourage people to reflect on church life into the future. What are we learning from this pandemic? What will we stop? What might we do differently? What new leaders have emerged? With whom have we established new contacts etc? 

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Think about the activities of the church which fit under or support the following headings:

  • Knowing the Scriptures better through reading, teaching, preaching and study
  • Praying with greater depth and urgency for the Kingdom of God to come
  • Giving generously of our time, talents and money to the cause of Christ

Question 1 – What has been lost that must be grieved? What will we not get back or have a chance to do again?

 

Question 2 – What has been paused or retreated from which we hope to return to in the same form? Do these things still seem fit for purpose?

 

Question 3 – What has been paused or retreated from which we will return to but must now look different? What needs to be reshaped for our current setting?

 

Question 4 – What opportunities are there to let go of things? What has diminished passed the point of rescue? What does not fit our new setting? What have we been thinking about closing down but never found the right time?

 

Question 5 – What is new? What has emerged as a positive from the current situation and what must we keep? What new resources, skills, and capacity have we unearthed? What do we need in order to maintain these things?

 

Question 6 – Who is new? Who have you not heard from for a while? Who has moved closer to the centre of the church community? Who has moved towards the peripheries? Who has taken a lead? Who has used gifts you didn’t know about? Does the leadership team need to change?

 

Being Witnesses to Jesus Christ

Think about the activities of the church which fit under or support the following:

  • Sharing the Gospel of Salvation with Confidence
  • Holding courses for enquirers
  • Meeting human need through actions as well as words
  • Baptism and wedding preparation courses including follow-up
  • New Local Congregations and Strategic Church Plants

Question 1 – What has been lost that must be grieved? What will we not get back or have a chance to do again?

 

Question 2 – What has been paused or retreated from which we hope to return to in the same form? Do these things still seem fit for purpose?

 

Question 3 – What has been paused or retreated from which we will return to but must now look different? What needs to be reshaped for our current setting?

 

Question 4 – What opportunities are there to let go of things? What has diminished passed the point of rescue? What does not fit our new setting? What have we been thinking about closing down but never found the right time?

 

Question 5 – What is new? What has emerged as a positive from the current situation and what must we keep? What new resources, skills, and capacity have we unearthed? What do we need in order to maintain these things?

 

Question 6 – Who is new? Who have you not heard from for a while? Who has moved closer to the centre of the church community? Who has moved towards the peripheries? Who has taken a lead? Who has used gifts you didn’t know about? Does the leadership team need to change?

 

Growing Leaders for Jesus Christ

Think about the activities of the church which fit under or support the following:

  • Making current leadership structures fit for purpose for today’s context.
  • Enabling the leadership to be leadership
  • Enabling lay leadership and participation
  • Creating varied patterns of Sunday and weekday worship necessary to nurture and welcome all kinds of people, especially the newcomer

 

Question 1 – What has been lost that must be grieved? What will we not get back or have a chance to do again?

 

Question 2 – What has been paused or retreated from which we hope to return to in the same form? Do these things still seem fit for purpose?

 

Question 3 – What has been paused or retreated from which we will return to but must now look different? What needs to be reshaped for our current setting?

 

Question 4 – What opportunities are there to let go of things? What has diminished passed the point of rescue? What does not fit our new setting? What have we been thinking about closing down but never found the right time?

 

Question 5 – What is new? What has emerged as a positive from the current situation and what must we keep? What new resources, skills, and capacity have we unearthed? What do we need in order to maintain these things?

 

Question 6 – Who is new? Who have you not heard from for a while? Who has moved closer to the centre of the church community? Who has moved towards the peripheries? Who has taken a lead? Who has used gifts you didn’t know about? Does the leadership team need to change?

 

Children, Young People and Schools

  • Helping young people identify their giftings and vocations
  • Encouraging leadership in children and young people by giving opportunities to practice gifts in this area
  • Supporting schools and their staff in the education of children and young people
  • Instilling good knowledge of the Bible in children and young people
  • Encouraging questioning minds to engage their knowledge of the faith with their experiences
  • Development of programmes and courses which bring young people together in fellowship and prayer
  • Allow passions for social action to be articulated and put into practice

Question 1 – What has been lost that must be grieved? What will we not get back or have a chance to do again?

 

Question 2 – What has been paused or retreated from which we hope to return to in the same form? Do these things still seem fit for purpose?

 

Question 3 – What has been paused or retreated from which we will return to but must now look different? What needs to be reshaped for our current setting?

 

Question 4 – What opportunities are there to let go of things? What has diminished passed the point of rescue? What does not fit our new setting? What have we been thinking about closing down but never found the right time?

 

Question 5 – What is new? What has emerged as a positive from the current situation and what must we keep? What new resources, skills, and capacity have we unearthed? What do we need in order to maintain these things?

 

Question 6 – Who is new? Who have you not heard from for a while? Who has moved closer to the centre of the church community? Who has moved towards the peripheries? Who has taken a lead? Who has used gifts you didn’t know about? Does the leadership team need to change?

 

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