Growing the local church is a core goal for the Diocese of Leeds. By growth we mean growth in numbers, in spiritual depth and in mission outreach to the local community. LYCIG is the central roadmap to help us all to achieve that growth.
The local church means every type of church within the Diocese from the deep rural to the inner city and the posh suburban; very traditional to fresh expression; messy church and resource church. We want to see them all growing.
Church Growth Companions
We have built a fantastic team of church growth companions. They operate across the five episcopal areas and cover lots of different parochial contexts and varying churchmanships.
Companions are not church-growth experts telling us how to do it. They are all fellow travellers, listeners, encouragers and perhaps with occasional suggestions. Every companion is a vicar of their own church which they are trying to lead into growth. They are a fantastic group of people: willing, able and trained.
If you would like this sort of help, contact Robin Gamble
Mission Shaped Ministry
Mission Shaped Ministry is a learning community which helps people who want to become pioneers in their parishes. It’s an ecumenical course working with the Methodists, the Baptists and sometimes the Salvation Army offering opportunities to learn from experienced pioneers and each other. The group is formed afresh each September and details of new dates can be found on the Mission Shaped Ministry page.