God for All draws on the ecumenical partnerships between the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches. One of the critical success factors identified in that combined work is the need ‘to develop new models of ministry to address the future’.
And that is what God for All sets out to do.
The creation of ecumenical mission communities will enable the best use of and deployment of ordained salaried clergy for mission and outreach.
Although in the future there will be fewer paid clergy, God for All looks towards an increased emphasis on self-supporting ministry and a much greater use of lay resources and leadership within a mission community setting.
Each mission community will have mission at its heart. That will be reflected in the role of the mission community leader, local church leaders and, indeed, everyone in a church family.
And the creation of mission-focused mission communities will be central to the success of God for All. There have already been discussions about the creation of mission communities. Now Area Steering Groups are being formed to facilitate creation of mission communities, with each expected to engage in genuine pioneering ministry, collaborate and learn from each other.
Within this section there’s much more detail on what needs to be done to establish mission communities, what form a mission community may take, and what are the necessary criteria needed to lead at mission community and local church levels.