If we are to support the Church of the future, we ourselves need to be open to renewal, change and growth. So running alongside our normal work, and as our main commitment for 2017, we are developing the ReSource Future programme with the aim of prayerfully seeking the mind of the Church and the mind of the Spirit for our future.
We will spend time engaging in conversations with church leaders, partner organisations and with our supporters. We will be employing a staff member to oversee the practicalities of an extensive programme of meetings and conversations, and we will develop a small discernment group to collate and distill all that we are hearing. We also want to release the intercessors, to hear the prophetic, and to equip our supporters to pray and listen and contribute all that they believe God may be saying to us about the future.
Link to Twitter: ReSourceFuture
As we have travelled and listened to the church we have shaped various offerings in response to particular needs, and so developed a way of working that enables a local church to create its own strategy for growth. Each church is encouraged to choose one of the following as an entry point:
Our work develops continuously as we respond to particular needs and requests. We work with groups both within and across church traditions. Among other things we offer:
• Deanery or area retreats – midweek breaks for church leaders. These can be shaped in many different ways for encouragement, refreshment, and reflection on the mission and ministry of the church.
• Day conferences for leaders or CME programmes on spiritual renewal, confidence in the gospel, mission and evangelism, prayer, the healing ministry, the gifts of the Spirit, preaching and renewal, discipleship and others.
• Support for Mission Partnerships and local Ministry Teams – retreats, vision days, training events.
• Conference speakers and seminars from key thinkers on topics of pressing interest for mission and ministry
We seek to have a national impact.
We are aware that we live in times of great change and challenge for the Church and its ministry, and that this means we need to keep our eyes on the big picture if we are to act as a catalyst for growth at local level.
We seek to develop relationships with other key thinkers and agencies, and to work with them in mutually beneficial ways – through personal networking, participation in conferences, and providing speakers and writers for national conferences and publications.
We are a self-supporting charity with no central funding; we live by faith.
We ask for the refund of our travelling expenses for any preparation visits and for the work itself, and then accommodation and/or subsistence as necessary. In addition we invite a contribution to our time and to the cost of running ReSource - to the extent which you or your church can afford.
This can be handled by budgeting in advance, by requiring a modest contribution from each person attending, or by taking up a thank-offering at the event itself. It costs about £500 per day to run ReSource, but we realise not everyone is able to afford that. So by way of guidance we suggest a daily rate for contributions of £250 per ReSource person per day, including preparation time, to be paid to the ReSource office; but we emphasise that the main criterion is what can be afforded.
The more that can be given, the more it enables us to work in places where even our expenses can’t be met.
Phone on 01952 371300
(when calling from outside the UK, dial: 44 1952 371300)