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ReSource - Our Vision

Our history

ReSource has been running in its present shape since 2004. Our roots are in Anglican Renewal Ministries, founded in 1982 to encourage individuals and churches to embrace spiritual renewal , and in Springboard, the Archbishops’ initiative for the Decade of Evangelism. ReSource is directed by Martin Cavender, working with a small core team based in Wells and a much wider dispersed team of people with complementary experience and gifting who travel with us on the road.

Our strapline is renewal for mission in the power of the Spirit. A generation after the celebrated rediscovery of the gifts of the Spirit in the church, we believe that the time has now come to broaden and deepen our understanding of spiritual renewal, and in particular to embrace its missionary dynamic. Renewal of the church is not an end in itself, but part of God's purposes in building his kingdom.

The Holy Spirit was not given so that we might enjoy the spiritual equivalent of a day at Alton Towers, but in order to take the victory of the cross into the world’ - Tom Wright

Our vision

Our vision is to help build a church which is diverse, local, renewed in the Spirit and effective in mission.

We think of ourselves as a part of God’s jigsaw, working alongside other agencies to support the local church in her task of communicating the gospel afresh in the UK and beyond.

What do we hope to see as we look to the future?

  • Individuals alive in the Spirit and informed by the Word

  • Across the country diverse, confident and growing local churches, renewed by the Spirit and effective in mission.

  • As the love of God flows out from each church, spiritual and practical consequences in the wider community.

We have a simple prayer: ‘Lord, transform your world, renew your Church, and start with me.’

‘If ever there was a time to rediscover Jesus the Messiah, it is now.’ Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

Our values

Our aim is to facilitate fresh vision, strengthened relationships and renewed energy wherever we go.

  • Developing confidence

  • Enabling change

  • Creating community

We get about a lot, and as we travel it seems to us that ‘confidence’ is the underlying theme of church life today. Everywhere we go we find that people are asking questions - ‘Does this stuff really work? Can we have confidence in this ancient faith of ours? Do we really have something which people out there need and want?’ We are convinced that we can have full confidence in the gospel – and that there are many ways of growing and developing in that confidence.

We live in a time of change, and change can be painful, uneasy. How will we respond? Our desire is to travel with the local church according to its God-given vision, working together to bring about spiritual growth and a renewed impetus for mission. Our aim is to facilitate fresh vision, strengthened relationships and renewed dependence upon the Holy Spirit wherever we go.

Relationships matter. We always start by listening, and shape our contribution according to what we hear. We offer not blueprints but resources – human, written and spiritual. We work with the little, the local and the ordinary, and perhaps especially with those who for spiritual, cultural or geographical reasons do not readily identify with existing renewal movements and agencies. We come as servants, travelling to work with you in your location according to the agenda God has given you.

‘The Christian church should know nothing of novelty; what it must know about is renewal and updating and uncluttering, and the presentation of gospel gifts sensitive to the context’ – Lindsay Urwin

What we offer

Our aim is to offer encouragement and support to ordinary local churches who want to grow spiritually and become effective in mission, but who may not identify with the big networks. We do this through parish renewal weekends and missions, retreats and quiet days, day conferences and seminars on specific topics, and by developing written resources which we are able to support locally. We don’t have a set ‘package’ – we believe each church is different. Our desire is to help bring significant change to each church we work with.

In addition to our local ministry, we also operate regionally and nationally, working with deaneries, mission partnerships, area groupings, networks and dioceses to increase confidence and support growth. We do this through retreats for clergy within a deanery, mission partnership or cluster, through CME or other training days, and through seminars and speakers at diocesan and other conferences for church leaders. We offer regional and local support and training for the healing ministry and for mission and evangelism. And we work to support local PCCs.

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‘If you want to build a ship, don’t summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work, rather teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry