District Mission Enabler


Jill Marsh

Hello I'm Jill Marsh and I'm the District Mission Enabler for the Northampton District. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

It's a privilege to travel around the district and to see God at work in so many different ways... in dementia-cafes, Street Pastors schemes, diverse congregations, Messy Churches, fellowship groups, youth work, new choirs, Super Kitchens, Holidays at Home, green initiatives, Christians in politics, missions to local communities, and in so many other ways. What is clear is that churches and circuits, like people, are all different but God can use us all, with the strengths given to us but also in our weaknesses.

Along with the District Mission Support Group (MSG) here are some of the ways that I could support the churches and circuits of this Methodist district:

  • On-going mission accompaniment with your church or circuit to help you develop a focussed mission in your area;
  • Training with the local church to help local people feel more confident in sharing their faith with other people (perhaps using the Talking of God course, Talking Jesus, the Happiness Course, the ecumenical Mission Shaped Ministry training or devising our own to fit your situation);
  • 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;
  • Support, advice and encouragement on any aspect of mission, evangelism or Fresh Expressions;
  • Personal support for circuit lay and ordained staff in becoming more mission-focussed with your work.

I see my main task as supporting Methodist circuits and churches as we engage in the mission God gives us. I am excited to have been given this work and look forward to finding out more about what you will be doing and how I can help with it, where appropriate.

I live in the north of the District but can work wherever you are, time permitting. I would be happy to phone, Skype or travel and visit and/or stay locally.

If you'd like to explore any of these possibilities (or others you may have in mind) then please contact me. I'd be delighted to hear from you.

Meantime please browse the articles listed below for resources and inspiration!

Jill Marsh

9 The Elms, Blaby LE8 4EJ

07745 020597

District Mission Enabler


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

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

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

Mission1000 grants
Mission1000 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.

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