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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

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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.

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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.


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

Start date – September
End date - July


See individual instance of this course below.  Cost covers all materials, refreshments and the residential. Financial support may be available. 

Next steps

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A Taster Session is available on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at Wickersley Methodist Church. The session will begin at 7.00pm with refreshments for a 7.30pm start, closing at 9.30pm. To book your place or for more information contact Lucy Nunn. 

Key locations 

Weeknight and Saturday sessions will take place at Wickersley Methodist Church, Bawtry Road, Rotherham, S66 1JJ

The residential is at is at Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffield, S32 3XG

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Course Instance Dates

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Mission Shaped Ministry

This course started September 2017

Reaching Out

Who can I contact about the course?

Course leader: Revd John Hibberd

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