Monday 5th February 2018
I learnt a long time ago that a quick four day blast of ‘Leading your Church into Growth’ does not achieve very much. Yes, it can wake us up, tell us we are on the right road or get us onto the road, but if we want to see our churches really growing then we need more of a long term journey, or process. And we need others with us on the journey - colleagues, companions and friends who we can talk to, share with and be supported by. If you put together the long term journeying into sustainable growth and the experience of being part of a wider community then you get, not so much a course, but a movement.
So I hope you like the sound of the word, because it is the name of a new monthly newsletter we are launching this year. The purpose of the newsletter? To network us all, or all those of us who want to be networked and to enable an ongoing ‘moving forward’.
For any spiritual movement to work, be it in the content of the wider church, of a diocese or of an individual church, it needs three key characteristics:
Over the years I have come across lots of schemes, plans and ideas for growth that were developed by exceptional people in exceptional circumstances and which, if the truth were known, only a few exceptional people would ever get to work.
LyCiG is all about a doable plan which any reasonably hungry, godly and trying church can put into action. Which church can’t:
Like lots of Yorkshire school boys I had an early, inspired and passionate falling in love with playing the cornet. My dreams and vision for the future all fell away however because my ‘stickability’, my regular practice, my turning of a love affair into a long-term journey fell away.
All the best disciples, plans and new beginnings in life need to become long term and continual, if they are to bear real trust.
Of the three - doable, continual and prayerful - the last that I really grasped or began to grasp was prayerful. Because I have such a strong tendency to operate in my own limited strength and such a doubting of prayer in general and of my prayer in particular, it took me a long time to catch on. Since I have caught on and am still catching on, I am becoming more and more aware of the effectiveness of prayer for growth. I simply keep discovering that the more I pray, the more people come and the more they seem to be impacted.
Movements are brilliant. Every institution needs one and every individual needs to be part of one. Movements get us excited, keep us young, put us in touch with other movement people and give us a great goal to aim for.
The best movements are doable, continual and prayerful. Welcome to the movement, not so much the LyCiG movement because LyCiG is only a toolbox. Welcome to the growing of God’s church movement, to the growing of your church, to the transforming of individual lives and the impacting on the world movement.
This year two national conferences
Our most effective publicity campaign is to invite those who have been on LyCiG to mention it to friends or colleagues. Often clergy who came one year invite their lay leaders or deanery neighbours to come the next year.
Perhaps you could think and pray about being one of our ambassadors.
‘Leading your Young People into Growth’.
Evangelism, discipleship and group building amongst older children and teenagers seems to be at a very low ebb. And the ‘low ebb’ is clearly widespread.
Over the last couple of years we have talked about ‘Ignite’ in just a few dioceses but have found an immediate response.
So this coming year we are planning to roll out the concept, teachings and strategies of Ignite on a wider font. So keep looking here and on our website for more information.
Our Beloved Tracie
After 10 years of great service to LyCiG the wonderful Tracie has stood down. Many of you will remember her sitting at the back of the hall, unflappable, knowing the way to solve every little problem and with a wonderful testimony.
So thankyou Tracie, we love you and may God go with you in all your future travellings.