ReSource : What do we do?
Our vision is to help build a church which is diverse,
renewed in the Spirit and effective in mission.
At national level
We seek to have a national impact. We are aware that we live in times of great change and challenge for the Church and its ministry, and that this means we need to keep our eyes on the big picture if we are to act as a catalyst for growth at local level. We seek to develop relationships with other key thinkers and agencies, and to work with them in mutually beneficial ways – through personal networking, participation in conferences, and providing speakers and writers for national conferences and publications.
At regional level
Our work develops continuously as we respond to particular needs and requests. We work with groups both within and across church traditions. Among other things we offer:
Deanery or area retreats – midweek breaks for church leaders. These can be shaped in many different ways for encouragement, refreshment, and reflection on the mission and ministry of the church.
Day conferences for leaders or CME programmes on spiritual renewal, confidence in the gospel, mission and evangelism, prayer, the healing ministry, the gifts of the Spirit, preaching and renewal, discipleship and others.
Support for Mission Partnerships and local Ministry Teams – retreats, vision days, training events.
Conference speakers and seminars from key thinkers on topics of pressing interest for mission and ministry
At local level
As we have travelled and listened to the church we have shaped various offerings in response to particular needs, and so developed a way of working which enables a local church to create its own strategy for growth. Each church is encouraged to choose one of the following as an entry point:
Individually tailored consultancy and support
A church renewal weekend
A Church Council (PCC) day or evening, focussing on renewal or mission
A spiritual audit, using Growing Healthy Churches or A Vision for your Church
A community audit, using Discerning Church Vocation
We also offer a series of Day Programmes and Open Evenings to support churches and their networks - to find out more click here.
What will these things cost?
We are a self-supporting charity with no central funding; we
faith. We ask for the refund of our travelling expenses for any
preparation visits and for the work itself, and then accommodation
and/or subsistence as necessary. In addition we invite a contribution
to our time and to the cost of running ReSource - to the extent which
you or your church can afford. This can be handled by budgeting in
advance, by requiring a modest contribution from each person attending,
or by taking up a thank-offering at the event itself. It costs about
£500 per day to run ReSource, but we realise not everyone is able to
afford that. So by way of guidance we suggest a daily rate for
contributions of £250 per ReSource person per day, including
preparation time, to be paid to the ReSource office; but we emphasise
that the main criterion is what can be afforded. The more that can be
given, the more it enables us to work in places where even our expenses
can’t be met.
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‘The Spirit-filled life is not a special deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for his people’ - AW Tozer