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Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM)

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

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Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with...

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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.

Produced by the national Fresh Expressions team, msm has been presented hundreds of times across the UK with thousands of participants and it is also offered internationally.

Leading to…

Completion of this course may well give you the confidence to start or get involved in a fresh expression of church.

Further Information

Fresh Expressions seeks to transform communities and individuals through championing, resourcing and multiplying new ways of being church. We work with Christians from a broad range of denominations and traditions and the movement has resulted in thousands of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches.

Those who come on mission shaped ministry tend to do so as church leaders or lay people, as individuals or in teams.  Attendees may already have started a fresh expression of church, are seeking to start one or simply because they want their existing church to be more mission-shaped.

Commitment and Requirements

Starting in January, you will be expected to attend a Monday evening 7.00pm to 9.30pm each month for one year, 3 Saturdays 9.15am to 4.00pm and one residential weekend in May from 6pm Friday to 4.00pm Sunday.


There are no academic pre-requisites although each participant will be expected to have the full support of their local church.

Course Outline

Modules include:

  • Mission context
  • The mission of God
  • Vision and call
  • Values
  • Starting something new
  • Listening for mission
  • What is church?
  • Gospel and culture
  • Team roles and behaviour
  • Leadership
  • Spirituality
  • Discipleship
  • Children and all age
  • Evangelism
  • Lessons from weaknesses
  • Handling setbacks and failure
  • Small group church
  • Worship and the sacraments

Key Dates

The course usually starts mid-January and ends in early December.


£320 per person, cost covers all materials, refreshments and the residential. Bursary support & discounts for groups may be available (varies by denomination).

Next Steps

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The current course has now finished but if you are interested in future courses contact us

email iconLucy Nunn, Course Administrator, email: or phone icon 01709 309135

Key Locations

The course will be based at a local church venue with the residential at Cliff College in Derbyshire.

Click on the link below 'When can I study this course?' to find out details of specific course instances and to enrol

When can I study this course?

No instances of this course planned at the moment.

Who can I contact about the course?

Course leader: Revd Mark Wigglesworth

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Course leader: Revd John Hibberd

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