Church growth conference

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At the Church Growth Conference in July 2013 held at Luther King House in Manchester, a gathering of over 50 persons from a broad cross-section of the United Reformed Church explored Church Growth in terms of spirituality, numbers and discipleship.

To enable this significant and timely process, participants engaged in conversations through bible studies, worship, theological reflection, sharing of case studies and good practices, workshops, and in conversations around meal and coffee times. The lively, energising, robust and constructive conversations were ably facilitated by the Revd John Daniel – an inspiring speaker and thinker from New Zealand.

The prevailing mood during and post conference is that ‘every church can grow’, we need to end the mantra of our stories of decline and no renewal and growth is possible without God and God's Spirit in Christ taking the lead in our life together.

Here you would find most of the presentation and discussion materials which the planning group (consisting of Secretaries for Mission and Racial Justice and Intercultural Ministry, a member of EMLOMA and representatives from the Mission Committee and the Synods), invites you to peruse, use and share as is appropriate.

Session 1

Welcome and introductions Michael Jagessar

Setting the context for the conference

Understanding church growth using 3 aspects

“We hope our programme will excite and inspire. Participants will explore Church Growth in its various aspects: spiritual growth, growth in numbers and growth in discipleship. This will be through bible study, worship, theological reflection, sharing of case studies and experiences of good practice.”

Session 2

Church growth in the wider British context and in the URC

(Roberta Rominger and Francis Brienen)

A story of two churches from Tim Reith

Bournemouth International Church - what is happening here?!

Open session

At St Peter’s House Church and Chaplaincy


Michael Jagessar

Any church can grow!

A keynote address by: John Daniel

(Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)

Worship: Thomas Risley Church worship group

Session 4

Morning worship and bible study:

Andrew Prasad pictures used in bible study

Karen Campbell prayer - one God, many people

Session 5

Case Studies on each of the three strands of church growth from:

Lichfield handout and notes from Ian Hayter powerpoint presentation

Levenshulme INSPIRE powerpoint presentation from Andy Hall

Burton powerpoint presentation from Graham Jones

Session 6 and 7


  1. How do small churches grow? Mark Meatcher
  2. Church growth principles Sally Willett
  3. Leadership and church growth Tim Reith
  4. Fresh Expressions Linda Rayner
  5. Young people (conversations about*) Lucy Brierley and Patricia Akoli
  6. Prayer, worship and church growt Michael Jagessar
  7. Church growth in ageing, tired congregations Mike Walsh

* Due to last minute circumstances, this workshop became a discussion which was kindly led by Lucy and Patricia.


Extra Session

John Daniel ‘Catching the next wave’

Session 8

An evening of speed faithing, songs and poetry

A Table for All by Karen Campbell ©

Session 9

Morning worship and bible study:

Karen Campbell

Tracey Lewis (bible study notes)

Session 10

Conference reflection: John Daniel

Follow up and evaluation


For more information, please contact Tracey Hardingham.