Mission Shaped Ministry

mission shaped ministry (msm) is a course produced by the national Fresh Expressions team that takes people on a one-year learning journey in a supportive community.  The course is aimed at equipping people for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing the church in a changing world.  The course is relevant to those wanting to develop traditional church as well as those developing new forms of church.  More information can be found at www.missionshapedministry.org/

The Parish Support Team help deliver msm in the Diocese of Sheffield. 

Course Outline 

Who is it for?

  • Christians who want their churches to be more effective in mission
  • Experienced pioneers who want to reflect on what they are doing
  • Those exploring ideas for fresh expressions of church
  • All denominations, traditions and ages
  • Urban, suburban and rural contexts

What will you learn?

  • How to think missionally in a changing world
  • How to begin, sustain and grow a fresh expression of church
  • Qualities of Christian ministry
  • Listening to God in your context

Features of the course:

  • Designed for busy Christians
  • Delivered ecumenically
  • Local and national teachers
  • Reflection on your context and story
  • Varied learning styles and resources
  • Coaching mentoring, learning networks'
  • An on-line guide to fresh expressions

Modules include:

  • Mission context
  • The mission of God
  • Vision and call
  • Values
  • Starting something new
  • Listening for mission
  • What is church?
  • Gospel and culture
  • Team roles and behaviour
  • Leadership
  • Spirituality
  • Discipleship
  • Children and all age
  • Evangelism
  • Lessons from weaknesses
  • Handling setbacks and failure
  • Small group church
  • Worship and the sacraments

Course Timetable and Venues

The current course has now finished but if you are interested in future courses contact us Lucy.Nunn@Sheffield.anglican.org 
Saturdays run from 9.15am to 4.00pm
Weeknights run from 7.00pm to 9.30pm 
Weeknight and Saturday sessions will take place at a local church venue. 
The residential is at is at Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffield, S32 3XG (From approx. 6pm Friday evening to approx. 4pm Sunday).


£320 pp which covers all materials, refreshments and the weekend away
Bursary support & discounts for groups may be available (varies by denomination) 

Next steps

Contact Lucy Nunn, Course Administrator, email: Lucy.Nunn@Sheffield.anglican.org or 01709 309135.

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