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Monthly Mission Parables

Our monthly mission parables are written to inspire, provoke and challenge us.

The strategy can be summarised in one word: POINT. But it will be expressed differently in every church. However each church needs to consider

Places: where is the strategy is expressed? We need an understanding of our communities, the mission needs, etc.

Opportunities that God gives: these may be regional or local, they may involve collaboration with other churches or agencies

Inspiration: we can be inspired by listening to the stories of what God is doing elsewhere and that inspires new stories that inspires new stories…

Need for God: we are dependent on God’s inspiration and power. He is the one who brings people to faith and we work in partnership with him – believing He can do it; willing to take faith-led risks

Training: not just training programmes and courses but considering what resources, encouragers, ideas and so on we will need to enable us to fulfil the mission – tailored to local needs, but shared between churches.

To enable us to focus on these thoughts the Mission Strategy Task group have been writing a Mission Parable each month which is circulated around the churches. The complete set of these can be found below.

Engaging with our Mission 23: The Island Retreat? I’m so excited. Ben Harris has actually walked in the room. He’s even more gorgeous in real life. I think I’m going to faint. When Jenny persuaded me into this weekend I have to admit I was sceptical. I mean me doing all that survival stuff, can you imagine and not to mention it is quite expensive. But when she told me who was running it, well that was it, I was in. And I guess the fact we’re in a five star hotel on a tropical island helps too. I’m not…

Do you wish you could know what to do in every situation? Do you ever think that you could make better decisions? Do you ever think ‘I wish I had a little bit of guidance in my life?’ Well now you can. With one pill you can have complete wisdom and guidance throughout your whole life. Through the wonders of nanotechnology, one little red pill can change your life. Sign up for it today! “Sounds great,” said James enthusiastically. “Great advert. Spot on. So why aren’t more people signing up?”Ethan shrugged. “Maybe they don’t understand it,” Brian piped up from…

Engaging with our Mission 21: Getting rid of the goat? A fragment of papyrus has recently been found in the Sinai Desert. It appears to be part of a Hebrew Priest’s diary… Day 3874 Still not made it to the Promised Land. Moses has told us that God has given us a new way of dealing with our sin: a Scapegoat. After he’d made himself pure Aaron placed his hands on a goat’s head and confessed all our sin, transferring it to the goat. The goat was then sent off into the wilderness as an atonement sacrifice and we were…

Engaging with our Mission 20: Ready to Help? The midweek Bible study was a highlight of the week for the members of Hilltop Baptist Church. Their Minister regularly received invitations from around the world to share her clear, creative and deep approach to Bible teaching and whenever she was home the church would be packed full of people waiting to listen to her inspirational words of wisdom. As they met one stormy evening, they had just begun to read Acts 8 when the doors to the church flew open and someone ran in shouting ‘help, help, the river has burst…

They sat, looking at one another in disbelief. They had the secret of perfect Pizza but many of their restaurants were empty and some were even facing closure. They had grown up hearing stories of the previous generations, of packed restaurants where crowds had come to feast on Pizza. They knew that they were faithfully following the recipe and that they were doing all the same things as those who had come before them. They felt like they were doing everything right which left them confused because it felt like everything was going wrong. One of the managers broke the silence. ‘I’ve…

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