“It is our prayer that we will encounter the Holy Spirit working in all sorts of unexpected ways as we pray and ponder, prioritise and plan.” (Bishop Simon Burton-Jones)
When he describes the Kingdom of God, one of the comparisons Jesus uses is that of a mustard seed; so small as to seem insignificant, yet which grows into a tree where life flourishes.
Called to Grow is a five-step process developed as part of the Diocese's Called Together vision, to encourage and equip churches to consider the whole life of their church community, and what God may be asking of it. It is underpinned by prayer and adaptable to any setting.
On this page we cover
The five simple steps of Called to Grow, use intentional planning and reviewing to shape our love for Christ and focus our energies so we are more effective in all we do as a Church.
Step 1: Who are we? As a church, within our community
Step 2: What does this mean? For the church within our community
Step 3: What now? To be the church we need to be within our community
Step 4: Let’s do it! With the church and our community
Step 5: What has happened? Within our church and our community?
As a diocesan family, we long to see people come to know and love God. The steps aim to help us clarify God’s call to action, help shape our response and ensure that this response is effective.
The plans will have measurable outcomes so we are all able to recognise and celebrate God at work through us.
Planning and evaluation needs prayer, guidance and support. Our Called to Grow toolkit provides resources and ideas for churches to explore the five steps.
Our Growth Enablers are available in each archdeaconry to support parishes to review, develop their Called to Grow plan, and to implement their actions:
- Abi Hiscock - Growth Enabler for the Archdeaconry of Bromley and Bexley
- Graham Wilkinson - Growth Enabler for the Archdeaconry of Tonbridge
You can find their contact details at the bottom of this page.
Each parish’s plan will be reviewed by the Archdeacon and the Archdeaconry Steering Group. Together they have an overview of resources and deployment across your Archdeaconry; the plans will provide additional information to help their decision making.
Depending on your plan it may be appropriate for you to network with other churches, partner with external organisations, or work with the Growth Enablers.They will also form part of a parish profile used during a clergy vacancy.
The Called to Grow process is designed to be active and cyclical, helping us continuously seek God’s prompting and working to grow his Kingdom.
As you think about your church's mission, you may also be interested in exploring our other pages on:
Called Together Manager
Growth Enabler, Bromley and Bexley Archdeaconry
Growth Enabler, Tonbridge Archdeaconry