Mission Shaped Ministry

Starting September 2019

Mission-shaped ministry (MSM) is a one year course in how to start and sustain a Fresh Expression of church. It's about how to re-invent church for 21st century culture. It's about how to establish a "church" for the good of people who are not yet members of any church.

Fresh Expressions are the fastest-growing part of the church today. If you would like to be part of that, and are willing to let the Holy Spirit reshape your ideas of what church really is, then sign up for the course.

This year's course will feature 6 evening sessions in a choice of locations, one near Worcester and one in the Black Country, three Saturdays all together and a weekend away at the Pioneer Centre near Cleobury Mortimer. Some sessions will be led by the team, others by a range of inspiring guest speakers - people with real-life experience and great stories to tell.

A course brochure is available here. To book, complete this form and send it to Emma Woollaston at the Diocesan Office and bookings will open formally after Easter.

Provisional dates: 

- Saturdays 21st Sept 2019; 14th March and 13th June 2020
- Wednesdays 16th Oct and 6th Nov 2019; 15th Jan, 12th Feb, 22nd Apr and 20th May 2020
- Weekend away: 22nd-24th November 2019

Contact: Tom Fish.

Three groups around the diocese got a taster for MSM recently by doing the Mission-Shaped Intro course. In this video Tom Fish explains what MSI was like, and why you should consider doing the full MSM course starting this autumn.

Features of msm:

  • Designed for busy Christians – 6-10 evenings, 3-4 Saturdays and one weekend away
  • Delivered by practitioners from a range of different backgrounds and denominations
  • Local and national teachers
  • Opportunities to reflect on your context and story
  • For urban, suburban and rural contexts
  • Varied learning styles and resources
  • Many stories of real-life fresh expressions
  • Coaching, mentoring, learning networks
  • Full materials and extra online material

Topics include:

  • Mission context
  • Handling opposition and setbacks
  • The mission of God
  • Discipleship
  • Vision, values and call
  • Evangelism
  • What is church?
  • Engaging with the community
  • Gospel and culture
  • Spirituality, worship and the sacraments
  • Starting something new
  • Growing to maturity
  • Listening for mission


“msm is for anyone involved in reaching beyond the church walls with the good news. With great content, creatively presented, it is an essential tool for anyone engaged in pioneering ministry or thinking about fresh ways of being church.”

Ian Bell, Coordinator, VentureFX (and one of our guest speakers)

“msm gave me a chance to see what we’re doing in church from a completely different perspective”

Philippa Sargent, Curate, Kempsey nr Worcester

“More and more Christians are being led by God to plant, sustain and lead fresh expressions of church. msm is a crucial means by which the Holy Spirit is preparing them for this calling. Go for it!”

Martyn Atkins, Superintendent of Westminster Central Hall

“For me, msm was about being with likeminded people – discovering that I’m not alone in thinking that the church needs to be radically different.”

Mark Badger, Vicar, Kempsey