Church Planting and Fresh Expressions


Goal two of our diocesan vision & 12 transformation goals is to increase the number of new Christians of all ages through persistent prayer, confident sharing of our faith, life-giving worship and the development of a hundred New Worshipping Communities by 2027.

New Worshipping Communities in our Diocese consist of:

Church Plants – every church has been planted at some stage or another, be it hundreds of years ago or just as recent as last week. Church planting consists usually of the multiplication of inherited church by sending out a team of people into an existing but declining congregation or by starting up a church in a new housing development to serve the growing community.

New Worshipping Congregations – are mission initiatives of existing churches with the goal of reaching people through the provision of diverse worship services. This can be an afternoon service for the family or a café style service for reaching the elderly.

 Fresh Expressions of Church – is a way of describing the planting of new congregations or churches which are different in ethos and style from the church which planted them, because they aim to reach a different group of people than those already attending the original church. They are established primarily for the benefit of those who have never been to church. See more...

Pioneer Training

For those seeking to imagine church for people who don’t go to church

Why Pioneer Training?

5.2 Million people go to a Christian Church in Britain and only a third of British adults believe there is a God. This situation causes us to ask…

...what does the Church of the future look like?

…how do we reach people who don’t know Jesus?

...how do we make disciples? See more...

Training that fits you

Pioneer training seeks to deliver a tailored approach to equipping people for starting and sustaining New Worshipping Communities in every cultural context. See more...

For a full catalogue of training modules available click here.

Messy Churches in Guildford

A report has just been published looking at Messy Church in our diocese, and identifying what is working well, and making some recommendations for good practice in future. This will be of interest to clergy, PCC’s, Messy Church members and leaders, children’s and families workers (paid and volunteer), and anyone interested in fresh expressions of church and church planting.

The report looks at issues like deciding whether Messy Church is the right way forward for our context, how to set up a Messy Church, Messy Church and discipleship, witness and evangelism, sustaining a Messy Church, what happens at 11+, the potential future impact of Messy Church upon inherited ways of being church, and much else besides.

 You can find the full report here.

Please contact our Church Planting and Fresh Expressions Advisor, Jens Mankel, for more details.

Jens Mankel

Church Planting and Fresh Expressions Adviser


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Then afterward
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28

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