mission shaped ministry

We will soon be embarking, in collaboration with the Church of England and the Baptist Church, on another mission shaped ministry (msm) course.

It starts in January 2017, with monthly meetings, a mixture of:
  • evenings (participants choosing either Mondays at Clayton, Bradford or Tuesdays at Holy Trinity Ripon)
  • Saturdays (coming together at Boston Spa)
  • a weekend away (at Whitby)

Who is msm for?

  • Those exploring how to begin, sustain and grow a fresh expression of church;
  • Experienced pioneers who want to reflect on what they are doing;
  • Those wanting to learn qualities of Christian ministry;
  • Christians who want their churches to be more effective in mission;
  • All denominations, traditions and ages;
  • Urban, suburban and rural contexts.

Features of the course:

  • Designed for busy Christians;
  • Delivered ecumenically;
  • Local and national teachers;
  • Reflection on your context and story;
  • Varied learning styles and resources;
  • Coaching, mentoring, learning networks;
  • Full materials and extra online material.

Modules include:

  • Mission context;
  • The mission of God;
  • Vision, values and call;
  • Starting something new;
  • Listening for mission;
  • What is church?
  • Gospel and culture;
  • Team roles and behaviour;
  • Discipleship;
  • Evangelism;
  • Spirituality, worship and the sacraments;
  • Growing to maturity.


Karin Shaw, Nick Blundell, Kezia Robinson, Joy Sykes, Andy Ryland, Vaughan Pollard.


+James Bell, +Graham Cray, Pete and Kath Atkins, Barbara Glasson, Robin Gamble, Revd Dr Roger Walton, James Barnett, Jude Smith, Fiona Fidgen, Mark Carey, Jo Williams.


Monday evenings at St John’s, Clayton, Bradford BD14 6RL
Tuesday evenings at Holy Trinity Ripon, HG4 2EY

Saturdays at Boston Spa Methodist Church LS23 6AA (just off A1)

Residential weekend at Sneaton Castle, Whitby Y021 3QN.


Saturday 14 January 2017 @ Boston Spa (Saturdays 9.30am-16.30pm)
Monday 13 Feb @ Clayton or Tuesday 14 Feb @ Ripon (weeknights 7.30pm – 9.30pm)
Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March @ Sneeton
Monday 24 April @ Clayton or Tuesday 25 April @ Ripon
Monday 22 May @ Clayton or Tuesday 23 May @ Ripon
Saturday 17 June 2017 @ Boston Spa
Monday 10 July @ Clayton or Tuesday 11 July @ Ripon
Saturday 16 September 2017 @ Boston Spa
Monday 16 October @ Clayton or Tuesday 17 October @ Ripon
Saturday 18 November 2017 @ Boston Spa


£310pp (£280 before 01/12/2016) covers all materials, refreshments, food and weekend away. Group discounts. Significant grants often available.

For more info or to discuss possibilities contact Nick Blundell (nickcblund@gmail.com or 01274 4165060).

Find out more about mission shaped ministry on the Fresh Expressions website.