At the beginning of 2019 we set out on a new adventure as churches in Berrow and Brean. Following a weekend away where more than 50 of us attended Lee Abbey, we came back asking questions about what it meant to be a missional church here. Little did we know what those questions would lead to.
Partnership for Missional Church (PMC) is not a course or programme. It is all about encouraging churches to experience a sense of freedom in God’s mission by understanding how God is at work and then discovering the joy of joining in with him. There are 3 parts to the journey. The first part is about listening to where God is at work already, discovering the story of the churches here in Berrow and Brean, and developing some shared spiritual practices in listening together as a church family. The second part is about experimenting – trying things based on what we have discovered together already, and seeing what might work in our communities, as well as what might not work! The third part is about focusing on God’s particular missional call for our churches here and how we are going to put that into action.
PMC works with 2 teams of people – a steering team who attend some events with other churches from across the Diocese; and a listening team who will be talking to and listening to people here in our parishes to get a sense of what God is doing, what they think about church etc.
The whole journey will work best if we can all get behind it in prayer, and support one another as we really explore God’s beating heart for Berrow and Brean. So you can expect to hear lots more about PMC over the next few years because this is just the beginning of the journey of discovering what it means to be a missional church.