Carolyn Kinsman, 11/10/2017
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Current research 


Deepening Discipleship (Messy Church)
London Church Growth Evaluation
Pioneer Ministry in the Church of Scotland
Portsmouth Pioneering
Reaching New People
 

Deepening Discipleship (Messy Church)

Pipe cleaners (Deepening DisciBuilding on insights from our Playfully Serious research, the Church of England’s Evangelism and Discipleship team have received funding from the Strategic Investment Board to support disciple-making in Messy Church. This funding enables BRF’s Messy Church team to work alongside the Evangelism and Discipleship team and three Church of England dioceses (Bristol, Durham and Hereford) to invest in, and investigate, deepening Messy Church discipleship.

Church Army’s Research Unit are accompanying the Evangelism and Discipleship and BRF teams throughout the project, providing research expertise and theological insight. We are facilitating action research with Messy Church leaders across the three dioceses, to support them to explore and reflect on discipleship in their Messy Churches and share their learning from this project.
 
The findings from this project will be shared in Autumn 2020.

 

London Church Growth Evaluation

The-Gregory-White - smallWe are currently working with the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication on an evaluation of its church growth learning interventions in and around London. This mixed method research project combines analysis of the Centre's statistical data with qualitative interviews and focus groups.

It is due for completion in June 2020.
 


Pioneer Ministry in the Church of Scotland

compass-1-1420922 - smallThe Church of Scotland has commissioned Church Army's Research Unit to conduct an evaluation of their pioneer ministry pilot project, which has involved the deployment of 5 ordained pioneers across Scotland over the last 5 years. Using qualitative methods, including interviews and focus groups, we are assessing the impact of this project and supporting the Church of Scotland to identify key learning from this experience. 

This project is due for completion by October 2020. 




Portsmouth Pioneering

Portsmouth Pioneering - smallThrough their pioneering programme, the Diocese of Portsmouth have been recruiting clergy and lay people who can find new ways to reach non-churchgoers with the gospel message. This often involves the development of fresh expressions of Christian community and new models of discipleship. The diocese have commissioned Church Army’s Research Unit to conduct an evaluation of this programme that will capture the key points of learning in a formal report as well as a series of short, accessible animations.

In addition to this, the Research Unit are facilitating a survey of Portsmouth’s fresh expressions of Church and reporting on patterns of attendance and leadership across the diocese.

 

Reaching New People

Reaching New People - smallReaching New People is an initiative of the Diocese of St Albans which explores and supports new ways to reach people who aren’t currently engaged with the Church, and looks at how to make new disciples. The Diocese of St Albans has commissioned Church Army’s Research Unit to conduct research to support the development and evaluation of this initiative.

One element of our research has involved facilitating lay and ordained leaders to tell their stories of how they are reaching new people. These stories can be found on the Reaching New People: Stories page. Our hope is that by sharing these stories - and the reflections from these leaders about prayerfulness, leadership and discipleship captured in five animations (they can be seen here) - others will be encouraged to reach new people.
 

Andrew Wooding, 01/02/2019