Pioneer and Community Ministry

Pioneer and Community Ministry in the Eastern Synod

 Pioneer Minister - Helen Tame - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church Related Community Worker - Chelmsford - Maria Lee  - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church Related Community Worker - Dovercourt - Mark Tubby - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What is a Fresh Expression of Church?

A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.

  • It will come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples;
  • It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context.

Download: Helping the Synod and its Churches engage with Fresh Expressions and developing and offering tools.  Website:  Fresh Expressions

Pathfinder Church - Northstowe

Pathfinder Church - Northstowe 

“At Synod in October 2020 the Moderator introduced a video featuring the emerging new church at North Stowe, presented by Revd Beth Cope, an Anglican vicar who has lived in this new settlement since the first houses were built. The Moderator reported that the Synod has been exploring how we can partner the Church of England for future mission in Northstowe.”

Website: Northstowe Church  

Present and Future Projects

Fresh Expressions Mission-Shaped Ministry Course Cambridgeshire and Suffolk - Bury St Edmunds

mission-shaped-ministry1The Norwich Diocese of Ely and Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Colchester, East Anglia, Methodist District, Eastern Baptist Association and the Eastern Synod of the URC are delighted to make Mission-Shaped Ministry (msm) available locally. We believe it will be a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in this area.

Mission shaped ministry A year to be equipped in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church

Mission shaped ministry is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church. Run ecumenically, msm has been presented over 115 times across the UK with more than 3,600 participants – and it is also offered internationally.  FX Resourcing is the new website which houses all of Fresh Expressions resources, training and apps.
Now under one roof you can find:

  • The Godsend App with details how it works and how to download it.
  • The Mission Shaped Ministry Course.  Sign up, get resources and access your own online account.
  • The Mission Shaped Intro Course – available to download for free.
  • Books with titles like Mission Shaped Church, Fresh and Church for Every Context.
  • Other useful resources.
  • Resourcing you can create an account, buy or download what you need and sign up for courses.

    For more information please download the prospectus. You can find your local course by looking at the map of course locations. If you are interested in running msm in your region, please contact us.   It is also possible to undertake an msm online version of the course.          Website: Mission Shaped Ministry 

    Mission Tools

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    Vision Initiatives

    Find out more about:  Walking the Way Vision4Life Vision2020 and Fresh Expressions

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    Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk. We work to the United Reformed Good Practice Policy and Procedures 

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    The Purpose and Mission of the Synod; the Synod Meeting; our Area Partnerships; each of our Committees and the calendar of meeting dates.

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    Who's Who?

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    Find out who's who on the Synod Office Team.  If you are unsure who to get in touch with, use the Contact Us 

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