A small group on every street in the parish?

Holy Trinity, West Bromwich Parish Boundary

We’ve just agreed on a vision statement for Holy Trinity which we believe will be the most effective way to fulfil our mission.  The vision is to see a small group started on every street in the parish.  We have combined two great visionary parts of the bible, Jethro’s instructions to Moses in Exodus 18:17-21 and Paul’s vision for Crete in Titus 1:5.

Exodus 18:17-21 (NIV) Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. But select capable men from all the people– men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain– and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Titus 1:5 (NIV) The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.

I believe that when we apply Jethro’s wisdom with Paul’s vision to our modern population density (there are as many people in West Bromwich as half the island of Crete in Titus’ time and Crete is the same size as Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire combined) we should aim to see a small group on every street in our parish.

The full vision goes like this:

At Holy Trinity we see:
A growing band of men and women battling prayerfully together for the mission of the church;
trusted leaders appointed and equipped to run small groups;
every church member committed to a small group;
And a small group on every street in the parish.

So we’ve got the mission and vision clear what we need now is the strategy, planning, appointing, training and lots of prayer. If you read this blog could you pray for us?

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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5 Responses to A small group on every street in the parish?

  1. Andrew Gray says:

    Hiya : small typo (and you should delete this comment as soon as you’ve picked it up IMO!) – I would have sent you an email but you don’t have a contact page. Sorry for it being public

    The vision is to see a small group started on every church in the parish.

    started on every street

    That’s a fantastic vision. And soooo doable its brilliant. Go for it!

  2. I love your vision and pray it succeeds. I will follow the comments to see if you can update us as to how it’s going.

  3. neilrobbie says:

    Thanks for your comment, Chuck. We’ve got five groups up and running with one or two getting near to multiplying. There are also new groups being started by believers from other churches who live in our parish, and we are helping to resource them. We’ll patiently work on and see where the Lord leads.

    • Sounds absolutely. I think you’re on the right track using a form of Bible study that can be done without a “Master Teacher” or “Curriculum” and which emphasizes personal application by the participants. That is what we too are aspiring too using a slightly different format. As a preacher I can tell you that sometimes when we prepare messages, we worry about what we’ll say about a text. By studying it first as we suggest others do, we learn to ask “what would God have me do?” That can make all the difference between us being obedient models of following Christ or just pretenders! More power to you. May The Lord help us to be followers and make followers!

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