Inspirational course on growth
29 August 2019 IN: Parish News
When Revd Chris Fallone was appointed Deanery Missioner last December, his priority was to help the 14 churches in the North Manchester deanery grow in numbers.
“We needed something that would boost the energy, increase the temperature and help to give us a shared way forward,” he said.
Chris thought it would be great to take a deanery group from North Manchester on the ‘Leading Your Church into Growth’ (LyCiG) course, in the hope they would be encouraged, inspired and equipped. He had done the course before and what it taught him had remained part of his ministry.
Chris and the Area Dean prayed for three reps from seven churches and their clergy to attend. “We were blessed with an answer to prayer: 25 people – lay and ordained - from seven churches went on the LyCiG 2019 Estates Conference. We even managed to secure a grant to help with the cost.”
Chris unreservedly recommends the Leading Your Church into Growth course. He said, “Everyone returned excited and raring to go. Feedback rated the ‘inspirational speakers’, who spoke not as experts, but as practitioners who knew both success and failure. The worship increased our fellowship and the resource materials were excellent.”
“Since our return we continue to meet as a church growth group to teach, learn, encourage and trial resources; we have a LyCiG booster day planned, there is a strong desire for monthly deanery worship, and we have adopted the LyCiG growth prayer across the deanery (from which we are already beginning to see fruit). We have taken our first steps into planning mission events, and ‘Evangelism’ is no longer a taboo word!”