The Fresh Expressions mission shaped intro course has been given a makeover.
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The new look msi - featuring six, freely downloadable sessions - is launched today (Tuesday 1st May). Designed to help churches rediscover mission and re-imagine church, msi explores the question, 'Why should we create fresh expressions of church?'
Each 90-minute session looks at the ever-changing nature of our communities and why the church needs to rethink its approach to these communities in meaningful and relevant ways. Using presentation, movie clips and stories with active group participation, msi is perfect for mission 'beginners' as well as those who have a little more experience with fresh expressions of church – maybe through attending a vision day or in thinking about joining a mission shaped ministry course.
Since msi was first launched in 2007, it has been used by an estimated 75,000 people around the world. The latest revisions have come about in response to feedback from across the UK and were put together by pioneers, presenters and Fresh Expressions team members to make the course more creative, compact and current.
Andrew Roberts, Director of Training for Fresh Expressions, says,
As the world continues to change and Christians share in God's mission imaginatively and prophetically, we are delighted to offer this fully updated mission shaped intro to re-imagine church for those who don't church. Thanks to those who support Fresh Expressions, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer msi as a free download and pray that it will continue to be effective in opening up hearts and minds to God's call to mission today.
Dr Rachel Jordan, the Church of England's National Mission and Evangelism Adviser, adds,
The msi course gets to the heart of understanding about mission; incarnation. It is a great way to help people change their mindset and grasp the impact of culture on mission today.
The Methodist Church's Evangelism in Contemporary Culture Officer, Rev Joanne Cox, agrees,
This is one of the best resources currently available for people investigating what it might mean to be a mission-shaped disciple in contemporary culture. It helps raise important questions – and offers the space and flexibility for people to become more confident in faith, mission and discipleship. Everyone should participate in this course and see where it leads!
Linda Rayner, URC Coordinator for Fresh Expressions, says,
A course that explains cultural change and helps convert church mindset from 'bringing people in' to 'getting the Gospel message out' is what many churches need as they struggle to understand why church life has changed and what mission means now within their own communities. Detailed leaders' notes make msi the ideal course for introducing local churches to the concept of being mission-shaped.
To find out more about downloading mission shaped intro, visit the mission shaped intro page.