MSM courseThis week I taught the evangelism module for the mission shaped ministry course for the Ely and Bury St Edmund’s diocese. The Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) have partnered with them as part of the training available for perspective pioneers; their part in the vision of the Pioneer Collective, to see 400 new Baptist pioneers over the next 5 years nationally.

The training I brought included some thoughts from simple church advocate Peter Farmer, in how to identify people of peace. His writing helped me earth what it means to find people of peace. You can download my pp slides here, which include section 3 of people of peace.

evangelism strategies – 2014

Is you prefer, here are the outlines from section 3:

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So, what is the course about?…

…A year to be equipped in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church

Mission shaped ministry is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church. Run ecumenically, msm has been presented over 100 times across the UK with more than 3100 participants – and it is also offered internationally.

Those who come on mission shaped ministry tend to do so:

  • as individuals and as teams;
  • as leaders and members, clergy and lay people, learning side by side;
  • as they prepare to start a fresh expression of church;
  • once they have already started a fresh expression of church;
  • because they want their existing church to be more mission-shaped.

I am so pleased that the EBA are encouraging more people from Baptist Churches to take part in this amazing course. Here’s the info:

Mission Shaped Ministry 2014/15 – Recruiting Now and Funding Available!
The EBA is an active partner in the MSM courses which run across the region. The Cambridgeshire/Suffolk MSM, involving 8 Tuesday evenings and 4 Saturdays all held at Moreton Hall in Bury St.Edmunds, is recruiting now for the course that starts this September. The EBA has recently made bursaries available to help churches benefit from this course; covering up to half of the £150 per person costs, for up to 2 people from each Baptist church that attends.
MSM is not designed to bring more people into your established church services, but rather it seeks to help you begin, sustain and grow fresh and culturally relevant expressions of Christian community (e.g. Messy Church, Café Church). We encourage more than one person from each church to attend because the learning is enhanced through discussion about your particular context. We would also suggest that at least one attendee be part of your leadership team so that they can report back and suggest ways in which what is learnt might to actually be put into practice.

More details about the course, and an application form, can be found at You can also contact Simon Goddard ( or 01223 812881) for more information or if you want to take advantage of the EBA bursary scheme.

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