We live in a world that is constantly changing. It is a world of new challenges and ever-shifting cultures. This is evident most especially in Enfield, which enjoys an increasingly diverse context. For that reason, the mission of our church must constantly adapt to meet the needs of the society in which we serve. We want to be a flexible, adaptive church without losing a sense of our rich Anglican heritage and the Christian Gospel we represent. The MAP is, therefore, a Living Document. It is not a paper to be looked at once and then placed on a shelf to gather dust. On the contrary, the MAP expresses the vision of the PCC at this present time and will be the guiding document for all decision-making over the coming years.
This is the first time that St. Andrew’s has aligned its vision so clearly to a strategic document. For some people, this is an exciting move into a new future. For other people, there will be a sense of trepidation and even fear. However, it is important to realise that this is not a strategic document that is being imposed by the leadership on the church family. Instead, it is a ‘bottom-up’ document that has resulted from the findings of the Listening Exercise undertaken throughout the second half of 2014. The contents of this document are exclusively the result of the findings of that Listening Exercise; the expressed desires of congregational members weighed up and distilled into a strategic format by the PCC. Of course, that is not to say that every member of the church will agree with every aspect of the MAP. It would be impossible to design a strategic document of this sort that has complete acceptance within such a diverse community. Nevertheless, the PCC believes this document to be a fair representation of the wishes of the people, and a reflection (after prayerful discernment) of where God may be leading St. Andrew’s in the foreseeable future.
We are committed to using the Five Marks of Mission as a framework for St. Andrew’s community life over the coming years. We have already begun the move towards restructuring the decision-making bodies accordingly. The PCC is committed to clear and coherent decision-making as the backbone to an effective unfolding of this MAP. For that reason, the MAP itself is framed around the Five Marks of Mission. Prioritising of actions arising out of the MAP will be a result of advocacy from the congregation alongside PCC conversations over the coming years. For that reason, the PCC does not envisage developing a structured document outlining how each Mark of Mission will be addressed over the coming years. Rather, we will be waiting together on the Spirit of God to prompt, guide, and lead us as a body into the unfolding of the MAP.
St. Andrew’s is a warm and loving community. There is strong commitment to the church and many are committed to spreading the message of the Gospel. St. Andrew’s has a wonderful history that needs to be celebrated and the potential for a wonderful future that needs to be embraced. This MAP seeks to build on what God has been doing through St. Andrew’s in the past to anticipate his glorious future. We will need courage and determination to translate the MAP from paper to practice. We will need to celebrate successes and sit lightly to failures. We will need love and a deep spirit of hospitality; a celebration of difference. Crucially, we will need a sense of humour and a spirit of playfulness as we seek to discern God’s leading. I believe that these qualities of celebration, forgiveness, love, hospitality, humour and playfulness are part of the DNA of St. Andrew’s already. For that reason, the unfolding of this MAP does not place a demand on us to become a totally different community. Instead, it moves us on to become the people God has already destined us to be. For that reason, we can be confident in God’s leading and anticipate the future with excitement and a deep sense of joy.
We commend this MAP to you.
Rev Dr Steve Griffiths, Vicar of Enfield
PCC of St. Andrew’s, Enfield
Church Warden's of St. Andrew's, Enfield
'Listening Exercise' Working Party (Fliss Cox, Claudia de Rienzo, Claire Reilly, Vicar and Wardens)
Mark 1: ‘Tell the Good News of the Kingdom’
We are called, as a church, to tell the Good News of the Kingdom of God in both word and deed. We are to show what God is already doing in our midst and point the way, prophetically, to what the Kingdom of God could look like in the future.
We tell the Good News, primarily, through our worship: our liturgical life together. In order to strengthen this aspect of our mission, we will comprehensively review how we ‘do worship’. Primarily, we will seek to engage more deeply with the Anglican tradition so that our worship can be both forward looking whilst firmly rooted in our heritage. We will review our hymn and song usage, as well as the range of worship services we offer. We will engage more creatively with liturgies and review our liturgical choreography. We anticipate moving into a deeper understanding of worship as a cyclical endeavour rather than just a linear ‘series of moments’. We recognise that worship must always reflect the hospitality that God has first shown to us and, as a result, we will seek to be more appropriately inclusive in our worship across age, gender, ability, race, and sexual orientation. We will explore fresh expressions of church and what they may mean for alternative worship experiences at St. Andrew’s. Above all else, we will vigorously pursue ‘excellence in worship’ that is, at the same time, contextually useful for the community and honouring to God.
We acknowledge that the Good News is also told to the wider community through how St. Andrew’s is perceived. For that reason, we will undertake a thorough review of how St. Andrew’s is marketed in all its forms; noticeboards, logo, strapline, use of social media, web presence, magazine, pewsheet, and other publicity material.
St. Andrew’s will seek out creative engagement with new mission possibilities, both evangelistic and as part of a broader community profile. Particular emphasis will be given to how we may tell the Good News at our Primary School, and how we may be a useful resource in that regard.
God has blessed St. Andrew’s with extensive fabric resources. A ‘joined-up’ approach between Church Building and Parish Centre will be developed with regard to mission and ministry. We will comprehensively review our use of space at St. Andrew’s. We will consider renovation and reordering. We will seek to regain the ancient heritage of St. Andrew’s as a key community building. We will work towards the buildings themselves ‘speaking out the Gospel’ by a process of de-cluttering, proactive beautification and as a resource for educational development. We will work towards St. Andrew’s Church becoming a building whereby people may encounter God through an engagement of all the senses.
Mark 2: ‘Teach and nurture disciples’
We are committed to Paul’s understanding of mission, expressed in Colossians 1:28, to “present everyone fully mature in Christ.” As a result of this commitment, teaching and nurturing people in the Christian faith must be at the heart of all we seek to achieve over the coming years.
St. Andrew’s is committed to an understanding of discipleship as a life journey with key moments, sacramental and otherwise. As a result, we will be proactive in utilising these moments for discipling and nurturing opportunities: birth, baptism, Confirmation, marriage, and death.
We will develop new patterns of learning for the adult congregation. St. Andrew’s will increasingly promote small groups and midweek opportunities for exploring Christian spirituality and the requirements of discipleship. We will become more creative in our use of social media as a tool for daily discipleship. We will be intentional in engaging with the Capital Vision 2020 aspiration to train and equip ambassadors for Christ in the workplace, the school playground, and the home.
A comprehensive review of children, youth and families work will be undertaken. Appropriate resources will be made available for each of these areas of ministry. We will seek more imaginative ways of engaging with local school children, parents and carers by way of nurturing and discipling into the Christian faith and the practical outworking of that.
At the heart of discipleship as a lived experience is finding a place within the local Body of Christ. We will encourage every-member ministry, authorised and non-authorised at Diocesan level. We will encourage the exploration of vocation. We will be gracious in providing space for exploration of ministry and we will seek to be fully supportive and hospitable as individuals come to find their place at St. Andrew’s.
We acknowledge the fact that mission is a partnership endeavour. For that reason, St. Andrew’s will continue to explore opportunities for meaningful ecumenical and interfaith engagement as well as developing partnerships with local secular agencies and other Anglican churches. At the same time, we will nurture a deeper sense and understanding of what it means to be an Anglican Christian in the 21st-century context.
Our commitment to nurturing and teaching disciples will require a primary commitment to resourcing and training. As part of our MAP, St. Andrew’s will undertake the provision of appropriate resources and training opportunities, access to Diocesan resources and other networking possibilities, and prayerful support for all those who are undertaking training for mission and ministry.
Mark 3: ‘Tend and care for those in need’
St. Andrew’s must be a community where people find healing and wholeness. St. Andrew’s, at all times and in all ways, must proactively reflect the hospitality and welcome of God.
We will, as a matter of priority, assess and review our strategies for welcome and hospitality at Sunday worship; the welcome we offer to newcomers, resources provided for children and young people, provision of care towards the infirm and less-able bodied, hospitality for the elderly, the welcome of children into the Eucharistic family, user-friendliness of liturgy booklets, use of technology in worship, opportunities for prayer ministry after the services and much more. We will undertake a review of our baptism policy, and our procedures for weddings, in order to seize these as key moments to offer pastoral care and support.
Safeguarding of young people and vulnerable people will become a visible and embedded culture at St. Andrew’s. In no small part, this will result from a root and branch review of our Safeguarding procedures.
We will also consider how inter-generational mentoring can be incorporated into the life of St. Andrew’s on a strategic level.
We will consider ways in which strategic approaches to pastoral care can happen in the wider community: home communions, care home ministry, detached youth work, parenting classes, home visits, chaplaincy to families and schools, supporting transitional moments for school pupils, alongside non-interventionist approaches to pastoral care.
All this activity will be underpinned by a deeper commitment to prayer. We will explore ways to be more imaginative, creative, and broad-reaching in our community life of prayer.
Mark 4: ‘Transform the unjust structures in society’
St. Andrew’s ministers to a diverse community in which there is deep social need. We are located in a broader world context of increasing social injustice, poverty, persecution and threat to minorities. It is clear that any mission agenda must proactively engage with these issues and that there must be a serious attempt to challenge the unjust structures that perpetuate social injustice in all its forms.
We will be considering ways to develop an equitable and sustainable overseas agenda. This will require a review of the manner in which we support charities, the longevity of commitment we hold, and how those charities are chosen. We are committed to a ‘joined-up’ approach to global engagement that will provide relief where needed as well as opportunities for us to ‘learn by doing’ as a community.
Partnership work will be at the heart of this aspect of our MAP. We will endeavour to forge meaningful relationships with secular agencies and other faith groups, as well as other local Christian bodies, in order to pursue our social justice agenda. We will proactively seek to foster mutual understanding and respect in the local community. We will seek creative opportunities for engagement in the community in ways that will challenge and undermine racism, homophobia, prejudice, misinformation about minority people-groups, and any other form of discrimination.
We will encourage a deeper involvement in local projects and activities that seek to work towards the renewal of society. This will require political involvement (in a non-partisan manner) to address such issues as poverty, crime, race and hate crime, equal rights and opportunities, work with migrants, employment issues, provision of vocational training opportunities and so forth.
Mark 5: ‘Treasure God’s creation’
From the opening chapters of Genesis through to the closing chapters of Revelation, it is clear that God has given humanity a share in the good stewardship of his creation. Any Mission Action Plan that seeks to pursue the vision of God must take this aspect of the Christian vocation very seriously indeed.
As part of our MAP, we will undertake a comprehensive Environmental Audit. We will develop an Environmental Policy as an aspirational document towards which we will work over the coming years. Accordingly, PCC decisions will be dictated, in part, by their positive or negative impact on the eco-targets we set ourselves. In developing this aspect of the MAP, we will seek expertise from the Diocese and any other agencies that may be able to support us in this regard.
We are fortunate to have a good space at St. Andrew’s, incorporating Parish Centre, car park, Church, graveyard, extended burial grounds and a Garden of Rest. Consideration will be given as to how we may utilise these resources as ecological tools for the sustaining and treasuring of God’s creation. We will also explore the possibility of sharing our resources better with the wider community in terms of educational resources.
We will actively promote awareness of the stewardship vocation that is placed by God upon all individuals and Christian communities. We will provide educational and practical opportunities for members of the congregation to grow into this aspect of the MAP; engagement in Fair Trade Week, promotion of Fair Trade Goods, publicising environmental campaigns (locally and nationally), and encouraging engagement in global ecological causes.