The Northern Mission Centre
The Northern Mission Centre is a collaboration between God for All and Church Mission Society to support creative and innovative mission. We are pioneering at heart, supporting both Time Honoured and Fresh Expressions (FX) of church across all denominations to reach deeper into the communities they serve.
Churches are often passionate about serving their whole community and over the past few years we have seen accelerated growth in creative mission as people realise God really is for all. We have seen more and more Time Honoured churches pioneer Fresh Expressions of church through things like children’s ministry, food banks, social care groups reaching new people in new ways, and building new worshipping communities such as Messy Church. We also see those not fitting in as having a gift that can help reach well beyond the boundaries of traditional church. We have supported these people to establish Fresh Expressions of church like Mountain Pilgrims (an outdoor based FXs) or Maranatha Yoga (an FX reaching spiritual seekers).
The lessons we have learnt along the way are many. We know that Time Honoured and Fresh Expressions need each other, often more than they realise. We know that telling stories about others working in their communities can inspire people to adapt something for their own context. We know that the more we network and nourish people involved in pioneer mission, the more happens. We know people are generous with their time, gifts and talents, but are stretched. We know that the more creative we are in how we do training and support, the more creative people are in their local situation, and we know that all of this has helped to foster a kind of missional ecosystem that is supportive, relational, giving and creative. So the Northern Mission Centre is all about supporting that ecosystem to grow because God is for all.
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On these web pages you can explore:
Pioneering & Fresh Expressions – Covering the whole spectrum of pioneering in Fresh Expressions and Time Honoured church. We talk about Pioneering as a spectrum and in this section you will find out the different kinds of pioneering from Replicators who take good ideas into new contexts, to Activists reaching out through Missional enterprise. From Pioneer Accommodators, local leaders who may not be pioneers themselves but want to make space for pioneering locally, to Pioneer Enablers who are tasked with helping resource others. You will also find out about what networks and support is available to help the ecosystem flourish and help individuals find their place within it.
NMC Training and Resources – Here you can read more about the Certificate in Pioneer Mission, our flagship course in collaboration with Church Mission Society, offering an authentically northern pioneer approach embedded in practice for those looking to explore pioneering. Pioneer Accommodator training, for leaders who want to help support and encourage those in pioneering. You will also find out about other training and events we are running and the Pioneer Online Library.