“It’s really helped me, in how I work with people. It’s not that my aims have changed it’s that I have a clearer understanding of why I would choose certain ways of working.” Emma Neil, Housing Justice
“It gives us a greater clarity about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. …the process allowed us not just to talk airy fairy about theories but actually deal with a real life situation in a way that was really helpful because it gave us safety to explore.” Jackie Hird, Joanna Project.
Programmes for 2022
In 2022 we will be facilitating an Experiments in Mission Programme in Leeds. Programmes in other areas are being developed. If you’d like us to consider establishing an Experiments in Mission for your city or region, then please get in touch with us.
Learning journeys enable groups of people to reflect and learn together about what they do and why they do it.
Experiments in Mission
Experiments in Mission (EiM) is a learning process which draws together people working in different contexts of marginalisation in order to experiment in and reflect together on their practice, and engage with the latest developments in missiology and thinking on marginalisation. Groups of between 6 and 10 people gather around food for 8 facilitated 3 hour sessions, delivered over 12 months; helping one another to navigate their encounters and develop their learning.
Experiments in Mission has attracted individuals wanting to reflect on their life, work and mission in a deeper way with others but has also been used effectively by denominational bodies and Christian charities as continuing professional development for their staff.
Experiments in Mission includes:
- facilitated sessions for a group of between 6-10 people delivered over 12 months.
- a practical theology approach that starts with the experience of participants in mission and ministry.
- a framework to engage in a detail exploration of your context.
- reading that is focussed upon the challenges faced in communities experiencing marginalisation.
- opportunities to reflect on real life situations that you are facing.
- an integrated, or whole person approach, that engages our bodies, spirituality, relationships, emotions and intellect.
Faithful Improvisation (FI) is a process of theological accompaniment for teams or co-workers in particular marginal contexts who want to reflect together on their experiences of mission. Groups are helped to articulate their journey so far in mission and to generate questions using Power, Presence and Place as overarching themes. These questions then shape the ongoing learning journey which consists of six 2-hour sessions.
In Faithful Improvisation we find creative ways to help groups reflect and integrate their conversation with prayer. We have found that this process has enabled missional groups to clarify their theology which, in turn, has fuelled more confident and intentional practice.