In this section, you’ll find resources to help you learn about mission.
Mission-shaped and Rural
The Rev. Sally Gaze, a U.K. author and fresh expressions practitioner, visited the Trent-Durham and York-Simcoe episcopal areas in 2012. She shared the following resources you might wish to use in your parish to form small groups or cells and begin the conversation on how to grow the church in your rural context:
Spirit of Invitation
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).