|Small Church Connexion|
The Small Church Connexion is organising a spring event on 20 April 2013 and an autumn event on Saturday 12 October 2013. Brief details are below - more to follow. The Small Church Connexion also has a new initiative called Mission@home. Copies of the Small Church Connexion Newsletter can be downloaded here.
at The Foundation of St Katharine
Saturday 20 April 2013
10.30am - 3.30pm
Worship Leader: Karen Bate
Guest Speaker: Ruth Gouldbone
Celebration and Drama
Discussion on Leadership & Conflict
at the LICC
St Peters Church, Vere Street, London
The Small Church Connexion held a Resources Exhibition in 2005 and 2007. It also organised a series of training days during 2007 and a series of practical workshops in 2008.
The Mission Statement of the Small Church Connexion is: "to connect small churches to fulfil their mission" through: Encouraging, Networking, Training, Resourcing, Challenging.
The Small Church Connexion has defined a small church as one having 30 or less people attending the main worship service. The Small Church Connexion works across London in all Districts of the London Baptist Association, and has the full support of the LBA Directors, Regional Ministers, and District Ministers.
Aims and Objectives
The short term aims and objectives of the Small Church Connexion are to:
What we have done so far....
When asked, small churches don’t usually ask for money, but people. Small Church, I have found, is the best training ground for serving God and each other in many ways. Although people are willing, they often lack the skills or knowledge. Training would be helpful but a day’s course won’t help much.
What is the best way to learn? Someone doing the job alongside you for a period of time.
Mission@home is the scheme that Small Church Connexion are running, releasing kingdom gifts across London, with mission in mind. Small churches are always looking for ways to grow – they have to be mission minded.
Many people have energy, experience and time when they retire and want to do something for God. There are some good examples of this working already such as two retired lay people each giving their churches 5 years to come to a place to receive a full time minister. Hopefully, people of all ages will rise to the challenge and use their skills to make a difference.
Think of it as mission@home. Many people would love to go on overseas mission but can’t afford it or have visa or health issues.There are plenty of opportunities in London – the city where the world comes to us! From inner city to leafy suburbs. This is mission, to offer skills and experience to another church, to teach others so they can continue when the time is up.
That’s part of the attraction – there is an agreed time limit – 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Each volunteer will have a different skill set and experience and so will be placed where they fit best.
I asked small churches at our latest event what areas of church life could use a volunteer for a period of time and they said:
We have been approached so far to provide someone who can:
Small church people can work be on mission too – this is not just a large church helps small church project. People from small churches are LBA directors, District Ministers, lay preachers, part of Small Church Connexion to name but a few. In Acts 13, Paul and Barnabas were part of the leadership and were sent out to do mission. Our first volunteer is an elder in a large church. Anyone can join the scheme.
For more information, please contact the Administrator (Hilary Taylor)
This is a list of available men and women who are preachers, worship leaders, musicians and those who have skills as treasurers, and who have risen to the challenge of serving other churches across the LBA. This service is organised for the LBA by the Small Church Connexion.
Every LBA church can benefit from this service as well as sign people up to serve.
The LBA Database Manager is Neil Tresise - call Neil to book someone or to volunteer.
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