Benefice Plan

Benefice Plan

Over this past year church members, churchwardens and PCCs have been reflecting upon the life and work of the church in this benefice. We have thought about its strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities we face and the things which seem to stand in the way of us pursuing those opportunities. With help from someone outside of our benefice, we have started to put together a benefice plan for the next three to five years. It is very much work in progress and the plan will change and develop as we seek to put it into action.

Below you will find the plan set out in table form. It is constructed around the idea of a journey, something our facilitator suggested. God’s people, from the Old Testament into the New are called to be a pilgrim people, on the move, not static and settled. In fact when they settled down and became comfortable, complacency set in and they failed to live as God intended them to.

If, after looking through the plan, you have questions or comments, do please make contact with a member of the Ministry Team. The plan will evolve as more people have input into it. Although a detailed time scale is yet to be built into the plan, several of the priorities are already being worked on. This month all our PCCs will be thinking about our current worship pattern and how it might be changed to offer broader and more inclusive worship to a wider cross section of our community.



Where do we want to be?

How will we get there?

What will we need for the journey?

How will we know when we have arrived?

Action to date


To encourage a vibrant Christian faith in our members lives

Systematic Sunday teaching programme


Training/quiet days


Sharing of testimonies


Devise worship that inspires drawing upon various liturgical resources

On-going training for those ministering


More feedback from members on what helps them grow spiritually

Church members are growing in their faith, sharing it, using their gifts to further the life and ministry of the church and serve those around them

Lent services and special events


Church members involved with mission activities eg. Open the Book, Messy Church, School experience days, prayer visiting


To encourage small groups (home groups/house groups) within church

Work towards a small group in each community (identify leader/host)


Testimonies from group members


Personal invitations

Group leader training


Agreed programme for groups


Better publicity and promotion

Small groups established and thriving across the Benefice


Belonging to a small group becomes the norm

Groups operating at BC/CM/HB/SSM


Annual Alpha Group


To d To develop work amongst children

Appoint new children’s worker for Sept. 2017 and agree with them priorities for the work

More people to work with appointee to implement the priorities




On-going training for all involved in children’s work

A vibrant and effective ministry which is reaching children across the Benefice

and laying a firm foundation of faith for them



Open the Book


Messy Church


Twice yearly Benefice WfA


Holiday Clubs



Experience days

in schools


Mums & Tots


To develop work amongst 13-40s

Look at what others have done, what worked well and why


Strengthen existing contacts established through baptisms/weddings and schools


Review our current worship pattern in light of the above

Research and assessment of what is happening elsewhere


Finding out from our existing contacts what might attract them to explore faith


Sunday worship review

The age profile of those connected to the church lowers


Greater ‘retention’ of those who come to us for the occasional offices


Church seen as attractive for this age group

New worship pattern from Jan. 2015


Messy Church (now growing and attracting new families)


Benefice Worship for All

(attracts between 80 and 100)


Baptism follow up breakfast Jan. 2016




To develop leaders within the church/every member ministry

Identify gifts and skills and how they might be used


Appoint more lay leaders to Ministry Team


Seek lay leaders for different areas of church life

Gifts and skills survey


Training courses


Mentoring of leaders

Church members fully engaged in the mission and ministry of the church and enjoying the part they play


Leadership spread more widely and not concentrated on a few

Two new members on Ministry Team, both pursuing licensed ministry


People involved with Open the Book and Messy Church



Strong team now established which leads the monthly Benefice Lunch


To utilise ministerial gifts to the full

Ministry Team to undergo review with external ‘consultant’

leading to better understanding of members gifts and skills and working as a team



Critical friend to assess and advise Ministry Team


Working agreement within Team

A strong and cohesive Team which provides inspirational leadership to the whole Benefice


Each member plays to their strengths and so enhances the effectiveness of the Team.

Elaine Faull

worked with Team May to July 2015 and produced report which was discussed with Team, churchwardens and PCC members


To ensure the needs of older people are adequately addressed

Develop the Benefice pastoral team


Establish what care is being provided and by whom


Consider new initiatives if required

On-going training for pastoral team


More volunteers to work in this area


Older people feel cared for and supported by the church community


Their insight and wisdom is valued and used


Individuals do not slip through the net and remain unsupported

Neroche Lunch


SSM & WH afternoon teas organised by church members


Nursing Home HC and visits


Benefice lunch


Round Window Club