Mission Shaped Ministry

Mission Shaped Ministry

Mission Shaped Ministry

What does it look like when we build Christian discipleship communities shaped by people who aren’t yet members of any church?
How do we establish missional communities where people can encounter and live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ without having to step into a church building?

Mission Shaped Ministry is a program originally created in the UK as part of the Fresh Expressions movement.

The Mission Shaped Ministry courses are being delivered by teams from Uniting Mission and Education and Uniting in collaboration with Presbyteries that would like to be involved.

Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM) is a one year part-time learning journey exploring innovation in a supportive community. The course is designed to equip people with a passion for growing an interest developing fresh expressions of church and to develop a lifetime of good practice and learning in planting and sustaining communities of innovation.

Run over four Saturdays and a weekend, MSM is designed for busy Christians, delivered ecumenically, with varied learning styles and resources. 

Who is Mission Shaped Ministry for?

MSM is for congregations or faith communities looking to try new approaches to their life in the local community, and groups of people who want to start a new expression of the church.

MSM is suitable for people of all denominations, traditions and ages, from urban, suburban and rural contexts. Individuals are most welcome, but we particularly hope that small groups from a church will participate as this will deepen the impact of the course.

MSM Modules

  • Mission context
  • What is a church?
  • Prayer for mission
  • Starting something new
  • Team roles and behaviour
  • Spirituality for mission
  • Listening for mission
  • Leadership Matters
  • Engaging with your community
  • Evangelism strategies
  • Discipleship
  • Worship and the sacraments
  • Handling opposition
  • Growing a fresh expression to maturity

Contact us at msm@nswact.uca.org.au for more information about courses and modules being run throughout 2020.