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.

Paul.

 

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

1

To encourage authentic Christianity in our members lives

Systematic Sunday teaching programme

 

Training/quiet days

 

Sharing of testimonies

 

Devise worship that inspires

 

 

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

 

Sermon series at Benefice service

(Sept. 2015)

2

To encourage small 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

3

 To develop work  amongst children

Devise 3 year plan with Cheryl Govier (CG)

 

Benefice programme for Worship for All  (WfA) services

People to work with CG to deliver the plan

 

Identification and training of WfA leaders

 

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

 

Excellent WfA that engages both children and adults and leads to growing congregations

Open the Book

 

Messy Church

 

Termly Benefice WfA

 

Holiday Clubs

 

Easter Experience in schools

 

Mums & Tots

4

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

 

An open and honest discussion about Sunday worship, its development and resourcing

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

 

Benefice WfA

 

Baptism follow up service planned for autumn 2015

 

Alpha

5

To develop leaders within the church/every member ministry

Identify gifts and skills and provide opportunities for them to 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 Min Team

 

People involved with Open the Book and Messy Church

 

Benefice Lunch

6

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

working with Team – May to July 2015 and producing report

7

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 afternoon tea in church

 

Nursing Home HC and visits

 

Benefice lunch

 

Round Window Club

 

Stoke St Mary Senior Citizens Club