Path of RenewalAugust 31, 2015
The Panel of Review and Reform of the Church of Scotland is progressing an initiative called the Path of Renewal. The proposal is to look for 20 congregations from a range of backgrounds who will undertake a process of renewal and re-focusing. They would be seen as the “ground breakers” who others will follow (and from whom others will learn.) This involves helping congregations to transition from maintaining current patterns to one which seeks to take account of context with a missional approach.
An initial assessment and discernment process will be followed by a 2-3 year period when input would be provided to help congregations and ministers develop a missional approach.
The desired outcomes are:
- Ministers equipped to lead through transition and in missional churches.
- Congregations with a missional focus and a team approach to ministry.
- The development of new local leadership.
- The development of a proven approach to transitioning churches from which others will benefit.
Max West has been nominated by Presbytery to go forward to the next round of the selection process. Whether we become a pilot congregation will not be known until early 2016. You will be kept updated about developments.