Begin a New Place for New People

We are really pleased that you want to begin New Places for New People (NPNP). We also know that it might feel daunting, but do not worry, you are not on your own. There is plenty of help to get started that draws on the experiences of pioneers, planters, circuits, and leaders who have been where you are right now. At the heart of our vision is to see new Christian communities planted that reflect the world in all its beauty and wonder. You and those you share the journey with, are part of fulfilling that vision as you discover the New Place God is leading you to begin. Beginning an NPNP will be different for every context, but there are some common practices that will give your project the best opportunity to become fruitful. Read more in this short guide How to start a New Place for New People.  The guide is designed to help you, as local leaders and pioneers, discern where God might be leading you to begin a new community in your circuit. 

God for All identifies significant match-funded resources to help districts and circuits start NPNPs and Church at the Margins projects with the expectation that starting new communities becomes the norm in district and circuit mission planning. Resources will be distributed to each district over four years, enabling decision-making that comes from missional readiness, not rushed urgency and encouraging sustained collaboration between circuits and districts to be bold, dream, pray, plan, and test ideas together. Planning will be rooted in the slower, spiritual practice of mutual discernment – especially important in a pandemic-marked world. It encourages honesty about other resources that circuits and churches can contribute and celebrates a wide diversity of approaches to pioneering and planting emerging from the wisdom and contexts of local communities and leaders. The work is in tranches, with ten districts starting the work in the 2020/2021 Connexional year and the other 20 between 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.

Latest news

April 2022 NPNP Update

March 2022 NPNP Update

December 2021 NPNP Update 

General structure and Connexional Team support of the process

The Evangelism and Growth team, which has no project funding authority, will equip and support district/circuit teams in the building of their pioneering and planting strategy. A Project Funding Officer (outside the Evangelism and Growth team) will coordinate the funding of the process, review project proposals, and make recommendations to the Mission Committee. The Mission Committee will make decisions on the recommendations and provide official oversight.

This process seeks a culture change in the way districts and circuits access and steward funding for new Christian communities. The Church is grateful for your faithfulness and openness, and the Connexional Team is here to help as you take the next steps into mission and ministry. A webinar on the funding process was offered in 2021.  Hear the story – Share the vision was a time to hear the evolving story of how funding will enable every district to put beginning new Christian communities at the heart of its vision for mission. Listen to insights from the journey with the first tranche districts which highlight why honest conversation is key to this process and how these projects will inspire other circuits to discern and seek funding to begin an NPNP/Church at the Margins project. A recording of the webinar can be viewed below or using this link. 

As part of equipping districts, circuits and local churches to begin NPNP projects (including Church at the Margins projects), we have written Starting new Christian communities: A practical guide (click on the picture to open, download or print the guide, 78 pages). This guide contains a range of materials including a Methodist theological foundation of NPNPs and the core practices which we believe are crucial to developing an NPNP. We have written short starter guides, brief introductions, and signposted resources that we believe will be helpful as your project begins. You can read, download and print individual chapters of the guide on this page

We have also produced this Funding Submission Form to enable districts to claim their share of NPNP funding. We are currently receiving submissions from districts in Tranche 2 of the NPNP programme. For convenience, the district funding chapter from the guide can be accessed here. You may also find this simple budget template helpful.

 Deadlines for submissions in 2022/2023 and onwards:

  • 1 August (in time for the October meeting of the Mission Committee)
  • 1 March (in time for the May meeting of the Mission Committee)

If you have any questions about NPNP funding, please contact Julian Bond, Project Funding Officer: bondj@methodistchurch.org.uk. 

Testimonies

"There’s nothing better than conversation for creating a space in which the Spirit can move. The process for me has felt genuinely collaborative, prayerful and connected, full of grace, discernment, seriousness and laughter. If you’re feeling hesitant be reassured. You’ll find it an opportunity to break some new ground both practically and imaginatively." Richard Andrew, Chair of the Darlington District

 “We give thanks to God for the wisdom of the God for All initiative which the Methodist Church has developed.  This has enabled us, through prayerful reflection in our District and Circuit, to develop a vision in the City of Portsmouth building on the foundations of worship and mission of previous generations as we listen to God’s call today and engage with our New Places for New People project.  The positive relationships which have developed between connexional, district and circuit teams throughout this process is very encouraging and, together with the release of funds for the initial piece of work, I know will mean that this God-given opportunity will have the best chance to flourish.”  Andrew de Ville, Chair of Southampton District.

 "As we have developed our vision for New Places for New People in the District, the input and constructive support of the Evangelism and Growth Team has been invaluable.  They have helped us clarify our vision, provided advice to deepen our understanding and encouraged us to broaden our horizons.  As we now move from vision to action, we are equally glad for their support in ensuring that we plan carefully and are as prepared as possible for the next stage of the journey." Leslie Newton, Chair of Yorkshire North and East District

 Note: The 2020 Methodist Conference adopted God for All: The Connexional Strategy for Evangelism and Growth, part of a deep commitment to being an inclusive, growing, evangelistic, justice-seeking Church for all.

  

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