District Mission Enabler


Photo Jill Marsh

Welcome to the Northampton District!  I’ve been in this post for five years now and it has been a real privilege and joy. I am looking forward to working with you and hope that, like me, you will find this is a lovely part of the country to live and work in.

We have a district group – MSG (Mission Support Group) - whose members have a variety of experience and skills to share with you as you support your churches in mission.

You will be in my prayers as you move in and begin ministry and mission in the District. Some of the ways that I (or a MSG member) could support you and those you work with are:

  • On-going mission accompaniment with your church or circuit to help you develop a focussed mission in your area
  • Training with the local circuit, to help people feel more confident about mission, evangelism, and leadership
  • Input on redevelopment and building schemes, to develop the full mission potential of premises
  • Help with enabling churches to diversify and relate to a broader section of the community 
  • Personal support for circuit staff and stewards in becoming more mission-focussed with your work
  • Responding to the connexional Evangelism and Growth strategy, ‘God for All’
  • Grant application forms… this is essential before churches apply for a District Advance Fund or Connexional grant.

I see my main task as supporting circuits and churches as we engage in the mission God gives us.

I look forward to meeting and working with you,

Jill Marsh
District Mission Enabler


* Together Mission *
An introduction to the Together Missions which will take place in circuits around the district in May-June 2019

*New Places for New People*
Guidance on how to start a new place for new people

A reflection on the work of MK Christian Foundation given on 15 March 2019
Text of the talk

A season of invitation
Opportunities for Hospitality

Being Good News
Worship/study resource and video

BOOK - Hosting Mary and Joseph
Posada - an Advent experience for your community

Building for Mission
where to get advice on all aspects of church building projects

Community engagement
Ideas for engaging with and serving the wider community as well as examples of what has worked well.

Developing Faith in church community centres
This resource is to help you use the links you have with those using your church community centres, to help people enagage with, and grow in, Christian faith

Does Your Church Have a Growth Plan?
Suggestions to aid your thinking about growing your local church

Doing A New Thing
Initiative Planning

Fresh Expressions
How to use Methodist processes to start something new

Fresh Expressions cartoon video
Link to YouTube animation of what a Fresh Expression approach looks like

Good News Stories
Read about what God is doing around the Northampton Methodist District

Green Pastures Housing
Providing homes for homeless people

Guidance Papers
Mission Statements; Using Film in Mission; Regrouping for Mission

HOPE 2018
Catch the HOPE 2018 vision

I, Daniel Blake
Stamford Methodist Church showed this powerful film as part of an event on local social action

Interior Design
What message does your church building give?

Leading Together in Growing Methodist Churches
Research in North East England

Methodist Pioneer Pathways
The Guide to the Methodist Pioneer Pathways

Guidance on how to start a New Place for New People

Mission - Churches seeking permission to cease to meet
Guidance for churches seeking permission to cease to meet

Mission Shaped Ministry training
Mission Shaped Ministry; District Grants

Mission Start-Up Grants
Mission Start-Up Grants

Money Talks
Research from Durham University on Christian responses to debt issues in local communities

New Housing Areas and Church
Links to resources from Churches Together in England

Pioneer Ministry
Thoughts on being a pioneer

Pioneering on Housing Developments
Report on CMS conference July 2017

Welcoming and including people with learning disabilities in the life of the church

Reflections on an End of Life Plan
By Andrew Murphy

ReImagine Forum
ReImagine Forum at Daventry, 4 February 2017

REVIEW - Redefining Threshold
Review of article Redefining Threshold, in Anvil - CMS journal of theology and mission

REVIEW Pioneer Ministry in New Housing areas
Practical advice for regional leaders who are considering how to serve emerging areas, as well as pioneer ministers who are working in new communities.

REVIEW Refresh: A not-so-new guide to being church and doing life
A great little book for people being introduced to fresh expressions of church

Talking Jesus
Public Perceptions of Jesus, Christians and Evangelism in England

Talking of God
Downloadable faith-sharing course

Video Evangelism Resource

The E-word
E is for Evangelism ...

What is our Methodist DNA?
Article written by Eleri Bristow (from the Loughborough circuit) about an event in the Stamford Circuit.


District Office

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