MCCN What is distinctive about city centre church and ministry?
Context
  • The dominant features of the environment are retail, civic, leisure, judicial, and educational institutions
  • There may or may not be residential accommodation
  • The population is transient with extremes of power and powerlessness, wealth and poverty
Identity
  • Often a collaborative style of ministry, with or without a gathered congregation and with or without premises of its own
  • Working in partnership with other churches, groups and agencies who share Kingdom values
Role
  • To demonstrate the love of God, as seen in Christ, for all who live, work and spend time in the city centre
  • To provide opportunities for varieties of worship for a transient people
  • To offer pastoral care and nurture for a scattered congregation, for members of other churches whilst they are in the city centre and for those who belong to no church at all
  • To fulfil a representative and prophetic role to civic, media, district and ecumenical authorities and structures on behalf of the wider Methodist Church
  • To offer support and affirmation for Christians in the work place
Tensions and Challenges
  • Responding to the changes in city centre life and embracing new and varied models of ministry — there is a constant need for the city centre church to reflect, adapt and reshape itself
  • The city centre, with other areas, often bears the brunt of many injurious changes in society
  • The responsibility of being the flagship church and focus for the District, denomination and the wider church
  • The explosion of the leisure industry and new patterns of Sunday life
  • The development of city centres and the continual change of population
  • The demands of a seven-day, 24-hour city
  • The effective deployment of resources and personnel

Partly as a result of a paper presented to Conference in 2001, Conference made a number of points relating to city centre ministry and amended Standing Order 440.

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21 November 2007