Mission: Learn

Do Rural Churches have a future in the Diocese of Toronto?
If you have questions and answers about the future of rural churches in our Diocese, Bishop Andrew Asbil invites you to join him for a day of consultation at Trinity Church, Aurora on Saturday September, 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.
 with registration. Photo: Parish of Essa: Christ Church-St. Jude, Ivy

To help us prepare please send this completed registration form to Elizabeth McCaffrey at emccaffrey@toronto.anglican.ca; by registering you can confirm your participation and a free lunch. Please add your questions for the Bishop to the form when you register. If you are not sure you are a rural church member, you may download this poster to check. All are welcome with registration.

Also in this section, you’ll find resources to help you learn about mission, including the Mission Possible Bible study and the Reimagining Church: Shaped for Mission course.

See also a list of Christian Basics Courses that help Christians new and old learn about Christianity and strengthen their call to follow Christ.

Mission Possible Bible Study resources

Below are the resources you’ll need for each week of the Mission Possible Bible Study (all in PDF format):

Mission-shaped and Rural

The Rev. Sally Gaze, a UK author and fresh expressions practitioner, visited the Trent-Durham and York-Simcoe episcopal areas in June 2012. She shared the following resources you might wish to use in your parish to form small groups or cells and to begin the conversation on how to grow the church in your rural context:

Mission-shaped and Rural (notes and questions for discussion; PDF)

Small Group Discipleship (PDF)

Spirit of Invitation

See the videos and print material

We begin with the conviction that invitation is at the very heart of the gospel – that Jesus invites each one of us to come and follow him, and that being an invitational people is at the very core of our identity as Christians. From there, we offer thoughts, images and dreams – and we hope you’ll join the conversation.

Invited is a partnership between the Diocese and Wycliffe College, written by Susan Bell and Judy Paulsen. It’s a resource intended to be used by groups and communities to help foster conversation about and exploration into the breadth and length and depth of invitation. It’s also a series of short films that seek to explore what it means to engage in genuine Christian invitation.

The resource is a free download. There is also a non-denominational version that can be shared with our other partners in ministry (also free).

See also:

Missional Waymarks

Natural Church Development

Visioning

Volunteer Management

Stewardship Development resources

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