If you read Pompey Chimes (the newspaper of the Diocese of Portsmouth) you may have read about Leading your Church into Growth in this month’s edition. Last month Sandra (our Lay Minister), Mark (our Curate) and myself spent a few days away on this course.
The message of Jesus Christ is as relevant today as it always has been, but sometimes the church manages to present it in ways that are not so relevant. Leading your Church into Growth (LYCIG) encourages churches to look at the way we do things and see what we can improve. It is not about changing everything, but rather doing what we do better and doing some new things. Rather than simply making everyone busier and busier this may also mean stopping doing some things as well.
Here at Christ Church we will be looking at LYCIG together. The PCC is meeting on Saturday 19th November to consider it, and then there will be opportunities for everybody who is part of our church, whether you have been worshipping at Christ Church for decades or are just putting your toe in the water with us, to think about what we do as a church. This will take the form of three meetings in January and February. The dates are yet to be finalised, but they will probably be on Wednesday afternoons (1.45-3.00pm), with the session repeated on the same day in the evening (7.30-9.00pm).
I would like as many people to be part of this as possible, so our homegroups will take a break during January and February, resuming in March for a weekly Lent Course.
Churches across the country have used LYCIG and in the majority of cases they have seen their churches grow as a result. Churches have grown spiritually as more people have become more like Jesus; churches have grown in their capacity to serve God by serving their local community; and churches have grown numerically as more people have wanted to be part of this. We long to see Christ Church growing in all of these ways.
Please look out for details of the sessions in the new year – and in the meantime keep an eye out for some new developments as we look to lead our church into growth.
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown / Joint Area Dean, Havant / Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC / New Wine Network Leader, Portsmouth