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What Messy Church is doing

Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 Oct 2015 (1 comment)
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I found myself waxing lyrical in a recent email about the oddness of what we're doing in Messy Church. It's a funny time to be a Christian - as to some, this description of church sounds old hat, and to others, it’s incomprehensible.
'We're doing a very weird and revolutionary type of church, I think – it's embedded in the local church and firmly bonded to it, but daring to be different and take the church members on a journey of discipleship and mission which is new to many of them. It's turning church members into ministers. It's congregation planting. It's gentle but topsy-turvy and is going to take longer than we want to change the attitudes of the Church towards outward-facing mission and true hospitality.'


From Envirotechno on

Hi Lucy, I couldn't agree more. We have been running our Messy Church for 1 year now. Our last Messt Church (yesterday) had 108 people of which 70% were "non churched/regulars" which is really great.

Do I/we know what we are doing? Kind of, not really but certainly feels topsy turvey!
Is this helping the rest of the church to think inside out, upside down? Yes I think so, definitely feels like it is.
Do I feel like a minister? Strangely yes. Responsible for helping around 120 people on their own journey towards Jesus.
Congregation planting? Feels like it is. We're part of the main church but we're also our own identity, it's what they call the mixed economy in Fresh Expressions training perhaps.

It's all good, Glory to God eh!