Small Church Connexion
The Small Church Connexion was established as an initiative of the LBA in 2003 for mutual help and support between small churches.
The Small Church Connexion is organising 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.
Celebration, Challenge, Discussion & Drama
Subject: Leadership, Conflict & Reconciliation
at The LICC, St Peters Church, Vere Street, London
Saturday 12 October 2013
£15 each; 10.30am – 4.00pm
|The Small Church Connexion helped develop “A Toolbox for Small Churches” which is a spiritual and.. practical guide to life in small churches and includes 26 stories of how it works in reality from churches across the UK. It was written by Hilary Taylor (LBA Small Church Enabler) and published in 2007. Copies can be obtained from Hilary Taylor. See also her Small Churches Blog.|
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 40 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:
- Have a representative from each District on the Steering Group;
- Make presentations to churches at District level;
- Hold regular events for the small churches;
- Run a database for all LBA churches to provide preachers,
- worship leaders, musicians and help for treasurers;
- Keep in touch with all small churches with our newsletter.
- The long term aims and objectives of the Small Church Connexion are to:
- Ensure small churches are valued;
- Ensure small churches are resourced well to perform their mission;
- Encourage small churches to contribute as a vital part of their District of Baptist churches;
- Encourage small churches to make an impact on their local community;
- Encourage the twinning of large and small churches for
- mutual appreciation and spiritual and practical resourcing.
Events organised by the Small Church Connexion are included in the LBA Diary
with details included in the listing of LBA Events.
Who are the Small Church Connexion Team?
- Hilary Taylor LBA Small Church Enabler
- Paul Collett in the South Eastern District
- Sandra Kimber in the Thames Valley District
- John Briggs in the Northern District
- Daniel Otieno-Ndale in the Western District
- John Grant in the Northern District
- Matt Squire in the Northern District
What we have done so far….
- Formed a steering group of small church pastors and workers to plan and pray;
- Decided our Aims and Objectives;
- Received full support from Directors, Regional and District Ministers;
- Held a successful Resources Exhibition in May 2004;
- Encouraged networking between those from small churches who attended;
- Produced a Resources Directory;
- Keeping the small churches informed with mailings;
- Touring the Districts to meet people where they are;
- Held a Resources Exhibition with seminars and prayer in 2005;
- Held Resources Exhibition and a series of District Training Days 2007;
- Hilary Taylor published her book “Toolbox for Small Churches” 2007;
- A series of Practical Workshops during 2008;
- A series of Encouragement Days during 2009;
- Spring and autumn celebrations 2010 / 2011;
- Led a Baptist Assembly day conference in 2012;
- Help our first small church retreat in 2013;
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:
- Assisting various projects in our church
- To help us run a youth discipleship Freedom in Christ course
- Help with children
- Spiritual father for young men
- Worship – evangelism – ministry to men
- Youth Activities
We have been approached so far to provide someone who can:
- Help the new secretary and treasurer to build basic infrastructure
- Provide 3 months leading of the church so minister can go on sabbatical
Small church people can work and 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.
Paul Collett (South Eastern District)
Sandra Kimber (Thames Valley District)
John Briggs (Northern District)
Hilary Taylor (LBA Small Church Enabler)
Daniel Otieno-Ndale (Western District)
John Grant (Northern District)
Matt Squire (Northern District)