This includes pioneering new congregations to reach new groups of people.
A new "congregation" refers to a new church plant, it could be a new worship service within a church or a new community who worship together and reach out in mission together. Canon Richard White is the Director of the centre.
As the Holy Spirit gives us opportunities, we want to be quick to respond. This means having a culture across our Diocese where pioneering new congregations is normal and support is in place to make it sustainable. The Joshua Centre brings together pioneers who are multiplying congregations for support, encouragement and learning from one another. 'Centre' refers to it being a focus for vision, support, learning and prayer rather than a building.
How might you be involved?
Do you sense that there may be potential to pioneer a new congregations/community/church in your own parish or network? We would lvoe to enter into a conversation to discern the opportunities God may be opening up for you and to explore together how that might progress.
From these conversations, pioneering leaders who commit to start a new initative are offered the opoprtunity to become an "Associate" of the Joshua Centre. As an Associate, they are offered a package of support, with tools to help them and their teams.
Bishop Paul has commissioned two "Fellows" of the Joshua Centre to work alongside Richard. Frank Hinds, based at Gateway in Wigan and Duncan Petty, based at Oaks in Skelmersdale bring their own experience in this field and vision to see it spread with strong support. They will be facilitating "conversations" and drawing together new Associates in their areas.