Mission, Discipleship and Ministry
We want to help churchgoers to become disciples, committed to their faith and eager to help others to understand it. Mission Discipleship and Ministry seeks to offer the people and churches of our diocese the opportunity to be part of 'Creative Kingdom Engagement'. Our team members offer advice and facilitation that can help you to think more deeply about your own personal faith, guide your parish into effective Christian stewardship, explore the variety of Christian spirituality, and work more effectively with children and young people. We can offer you resources to help with your parish's mission, its discipleship and its worship. Some of our tem members are paid staff, some are parish clergy with specific specialisms. All of them are happy to help.
Mission Discipleship and Ministry has the following goals:
1.Engaging in prayer as a priority in every aspect of life
2.Resourcing quality, accessible worship that facilitates encounter with God
3.Supporting vibrant, living, sustainable churches
4.Creating communities that are engaging with young people (11-25) and young families for a life of discipleship
5.Promoting the expansion of pioneering and Fresh Expressions
Our diocesan Leading Your Church into Growth initiative has been central to this work over the past three years, and over 80% of benefices have now taken part in a LYCIG conference and been supported with local mission planning materials and discipleship resources. If your church has yet to take part in LYCIG or requires support in local mission planning , please contact the MDM team.
These resources are freely available to parishes from the MDM team upon request. This list includes the major initial nurture and discipleship teaching courses such as Pilgrim and Start! along with LICC resources
Theological Education Courses and Evangelism Resources
We have a number of courses available to assist a parish in sharing the Gospel.
Setting God's People Free
Portsmouth Diocese is part of the initial cohort of dioceses participating in the Setting God's People Free national initiative, which encourages all Christian people to exercise their discipleship through everyday life, witness and ministry. Please contact MDM for further details. Setting God's People Free and lay vocation