(Added 9 May 2017)
On 23rd April, in the Morning Mass, the Rector gave a sermon which dealt with Church Growth. This was an extremely important sermon, one which should prove pivotal ……….
The text of the sermon can be found here : Church Growth
If you wish to listen to the sermon, it is dated 23 April and can be found on our recordings page here : Recording
In a later note, Richard said this in summary about his sermon:
“ It felt quite important as a new point of focus for us at St Paul's and as a parish and I want to make sure that everyone had chance to catch up with what was said. I want to make sure that everyone knows where this conversation started and also precisely what I said so that there can be no room for misunderstanding or fogginess. I was making three main points, as a way of beginning the conversation and focusing our shared adventure:
1. Healthy Churches grow, in every tradition, and in every way. None of this is about changing the things we do- it is about changing the way we pray and think and how we do the things that we do. We are talking about growth in every way in the context in which we meet and worship and live. Each church within the parish will righty and thrillingly have different responses to this challenge.
2. As a parish we are going to be more intentional about every aspect of Church growth because healthy things grow.
3. This is something we can all be part of, by doing the things which take no skill or expertise and doing them well. This is not and cannot be something for the enthusiasts and the experts- it is more fundamental and universal than that, for all of us to think about and be part of.
I am also very clear that all of this goes with the grain of what we are doing in PMC- the things we are thinking about there and the spiritual practices we are learning will help us to grow and get better at all of this.
What I'm saying, the conversation and discussion I want to nurture, is about being intentional about growing in every aspect of faith and life, individually and together. Please do pray about all of this, and tell us what you think! “