The Minister's Letter



As I am coming to the end of my ministry here in Malvern, David and I are looking ahead to a new experience of ministry in Handsworth, Birmingham, amongst the people of Lozells and Villa Road Methodist Churches. It was good to meet some of our new congregation when they came to visit Malvern for the day and thank you for making them feel so welcome. I am also looking forward to working with my two new colleagues, Rev. Dr. Neil Johnson and Rev. Tony Malcolm, as a Co-Superintendent in the Birmingham Circuit. It is going to be hard to leave Malvern, yet there is much to look forward to for all the Malvern Churches as your new Minister, Rev. Nigel Coke-Woods joins you.

There are lots of exciting things happening in our District including the new Mission Strategy Programme led by our District Mission Advisor, Rev. Trey Hall. ‘Church Without Walls’ is a new visionary Gospel movement that builds relationships with new people by starting new congregations, revitalising existing congregations and raising up new leaders. All Church Councils will be asked to discuss this new initiative and decide whether to make a congregational commitment to at least one or two of the pathways which are:

Pathway 1: Claiming God’s Mission With us – clarifying our missional goals for 2017-2020

Pathway 2: Growing Congregational Confidence – focusing on mission in Advent and Lent

Pathway 3: Getting Outside our Buildings – 20-29th April 2018 ’Together in Mission’ Week

Pathway 4: Identifying Places for new Congregations – 8 identified in the District by 2020

Also to include in your diary for next year – Saturday 10th March 2018 will be the next Reimagine Church Day Conference in Birmingham and will feature diverse teachers and leaders from across the church renewal movement. Think about sending a team for that day from each of the churches.

And if you are feeling inspired by all this you might be interested in serving on the ‘Church Without Walls’ District Team? They are looking for prospective candidates with varying skills to expand the work in 2017-2018. This focus on mission in the District ties in well with the Malvern Churches Together ‘Fruitfulness on the Frontline’ training from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC) which begins in September and runs each month through until May 2018. Look out for the workshops and get involved.  

God is stirring us up to take risks for the kingdom – are you ready to join in?