To love the city where God has placed us

JonathanThe new PCC have been busily drafting a mission action plan for St George’s.This will state accurately what our mission is so that we can use our resources in the best way for what God wants us to do in the future; we believe that God is calling us to share our resources more widely. We are working on a 3yr plan for 2013-16 with an overall ‘to share the life of Jesus Christ and to love the city where God has placed us’. The big new thing is to take responsibility with others for the renewal and growth of the Church in Leeds. The plan states that we will aim to 'multiply missional churches across Leeds (and the North)'. This will mean strategic consultations with the diocese and other churches in Leeds.

Part of this is our commitment as a church to setting up the new St Barnabas Theological Centre (SBTC) in partnership with the Belfrey Church York, St Thomas Crookes Sheffield, the Church of England dioceses in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Baptist Association. Mark Powley is the director of SBTC; Jon Swales and James Barnett will also be part of the new teaching team.They will teach a biblical theology of the kingdom of God and best current missional practice for growing and planting contemporary churches. Ordinands will have 3 days studying and 3 days learning on a church placement.

Some exciting news is that former intern Jimmy Lawrence will be returning to Leeds to train as an ordinand alongside Chris Sayburn. As Chris begins his training in September his role at StG’s will change. Jimmy will be placed at Wrangthorn, living at our house on Vesper lane.

Jimmy will be working with Joanna Pearson at Wrangthorn, alongside the team from St G's who will be commissioned on 15 September. Crucially, they are not leaving St G’s, they will remain part of the family; the vision is for our two churches to work together as one team.

All these are exciting developments and will involve all of us. For St G's it means giving and sharing our resources; especially our resources in people including our staff. All of us should ask, from time to time, where God wants us to serve. As some of us are sent out we need new people to step up and get involved, filling roles according to their gifts. It may feel as though we are being stretched but let’s rise to the challenge!

Please be praying that God will make his call on St George's very clear; pray for the PCC; pray for Mark Powley and the SBTC; for Joanna Pearson and Wrangthorn; that they will all know God's power and blessing as they step out, with their teams, in faith.

Jonathan