Vision 2016Ministry Unit Challenges & Goals

Mission and Evangelism Ministry Unit (MEMU)

Challenges and Goals

1. The Implementation of a new paradigm in missional ministry. This will involve identifying and nurturing over the next five years:

  • Six larger regional ‘hub’ churches
  • Six ministry teams in the form of Ministry Clusters or Missional Corridors
  • Fifteen ‘Mixed Economy’ Churches incorporating both tradition and innovation
  • Twenty ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ or Missional Communities.

2. Three major Projects

  • The Largs Bay-Croydon Mission partnership will seek to establish a partnership to develop an all-new church based in a reshaped and renovated building at Croydon, adopting mission-shaped principles and functioning as a hub for ministry throughout the Western-Port corridor. The development of a ministry team will enable sharing of resources and growth at both Largs Bay and Croydon.
  • The Salisbury Cluster will be developed in partnership with Anglicare with the development on the St John’s site at the centre of Salisbury. One ministry team will cover a range of contexts and avenues extending throughout the City of Salisbury more broadly.
  • The Playford Cluster will gather a range of existing and new ministry avenues into a more cohesive and flexible team, covering traditional and innovative formats, alongside specialist ministry to seniors, youth, hospital and cross-cultural ministry. Partnerships with Anglicare and St Columba College are especially strategic, and establishing a new church community within the facilities and wider school community at St Columba. 

3. Supporting re-engagement with youth.

  • Listening, especially using forms of communication that younger Australians use (e.g. a Google Form).
  • Encouraging a cluster approach youth ministry, where parishes have smaller numbers of young people. This should include gatherings in "neutral spaces", for example schools.
  • Committing in 2014 additional .2 FTE in 2014 to mentor these clusters and their leaders (possibly a further .3FTE in 2015)
  • Working with EFMU to facilitate the sharing of resources across the network lf those involved, with an emphasis on the "transition" age of 10-14.

4. Support at least two ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ over the next three years:

  • Led by our first ordained pioneer minister, the Rev’d Stephen Daughtry, a new community in the Belair area, linked to St John's Grammar and Church of Holy Innocents.
  • An additional culturally distinct congregation in the Eastern Suburbs, linked to the Mandarin speaking congregation at Unley.
  • Supporting where possible the range of culturally distinct ministries in Adelaide (Sudanese, Burundian, Malayalam, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese)

5. Assisting parishes and other ministries to plan for mission in light of the Diocesan Mission Plan.

  • Supporting ongoing Mission Acting Planning, through mentoring and consultancy.
  • Working in a "midwife" process, where parishes and communities that have recognised their current life is coming to an end and wish to have a say in what they might help bring to birth. Through facilitated conversations we would hope to be blending a recognition and celebration of the history of the community with a genuine determination to pass the baton to a new generation.

6. Communication

  • MEMU will act to ensure the stories and programs of mission and evangelism in the Anglican community in our Diocese are shared effectively, through existing and new communication channels. It will advocate for the documenting and distribution of information about what is going on, and through face to face forums encourage relationships between those actively involved in mission, and those seeking to become more so. 

7. Clearing space and a culture of prayer

  • Sometimes having a plan is the biggest obstacle, so MEMU underscores the importance of prayer and waiting upon God. We’re leaving room and space open to the Holy Spirit. We’re setting aside time for prayer so as to be open to new perspectives and insights. We’re wanting to recognise that we don’t know what God already has planned and that we might need to leave some space for what is about to arrive.