Frequently asked questions
Got a question? We've tried to answer some of the frequently asked questions here. Please contact us if you have any other questions.
The month of mission will be owned, driven and organised by local churches.
You may be able to partner with other churches in your region to pool your efforts, skills and resources if you’d like to.
It is up to your discretion what you think is wise to do in your context. There won’t be a one-size-fits-all template for you to follow. It may involve one or more special evangelistic events or initiatives in the month leading up to Easter 2022 or it could be as simple as clearing the church calendar for a month focussed on personally connecting with the non-Christians in our lives. Read “A Passion for Life rooted in my local church” for the perspective of one chuch worker.
We would recommend someone is appointed in each local church to be the mission coordinator. This person would drive things forward from a practical point of view. The mission coordinator should not be the main church leader so that the church leader’s time is not consumed by the practicalities of organising the mission.
The mission coordinator should be a member of the church family who is well organised, a good communicator and passionate about reaching the lost. They need not be your best evangelist – this is an administrative role. They should support the leadership of the church by:
- Receiving prayer and information briefings from the central delivery team and sharing information with leaders and the church family.
- Understanding where congregation members are active in corporate and personal evangelism and ensuring they are being supported in prayer.
- Helping to understand the training needs in the church family and working with church leaders to plan training sessions.
- Planning and coordinating any events that you may host during the month of mission.
We are sorry to hear that your church has been hard hit by the pandemic.
While you care for your church pastorally, we would encourage you to prayerfully take steps to revive your local church through helping them hold out the gospel. The steps you take as a congregation to develop your culture of mission can be small but steady, beginning with prayer and later on utilising the resources we make available. Take a look at this article “Ideas for creating a mission-minded culture in church” and be encouraged and take a look at some stories of God at work, even in lockdown.
It’s great that your church has a mission culture.
The month of mission is a focal point and mobilising tool to help churches, across the UK and Ireland, create a healthy culture of evangelism in the lead-up and beyond. Even as you continue your ongoing evangelism activities, some will find it really encouraging and helpful to be part of a bigger movement across the UK & Ireland. Read “Why ‘A Passion for Life’ is a banner I’m thankful for”.
You may also benefit from registering to receive A Passion for Life updates and resources as they become available.
It’s great that your church is active in evangelism.
We would love churches that are stronger in this area to see this as an opportunity to serve other churches that would like to learn from your experience. Please join our conversation on the Facebook group.
There is no pressure to partner with other churches in order to join A Passion for Life. However, some of the benefits of partnering with other churches are:
- Spurring one another on through encouragement and praying together
- Collaborating to brainstorm ideas and to help implement them
- Sharing resources and gifts
- Coordinating activities to enhance reach and/or quality
- Fostering good relationships that might bear fruit in the long-term
We’d recommend getting in touch with your regional co-ordinator via the Regional Gospel Partnerships to find out more.
No it doesn’t.
You may however find that you would like to join an existing regional partnership or create an ad hoc network. There are benefits to partnering with other churches on mission, see the answer to one of the questions above for more information.
We’re gathering missional wisdom now to help churches develop a culture of mission. Take a look here.
We’re also developing personal evangelism training resources which we prayerfully aim to have available in Autumn 2021.
Connect with us on our Facebook group to be the first to receive new resources and to share and learn from what others are doing.
We have mission culture resources and information about the vision available now, these are aimed at church leadership teams. You can begin praying about A Passion for Life in your church now. Join our Facebook Group to be kept up to date with our latest prayer points. We expect to have more resources to help you communicate to the broader church family in May 2021.
The three areas we’ll be focussing on centrally to support local churches are below. You can click on each of the areas to find out more.
- Developing a culture of mission – starting now.
Podcasts, blogs and webinars to help church leaders reflect on and invest in the culture of mission in the local churches they lead.
- Training in Personal Evangelism – Coming in Autumn 2021
Resources to help leaders equip congregation members to journey with people towards faith and life in Christ.
- Resources for your mission – Coming in Autumn 2021
In anticipation of a focussed month of mission leading up to Easter 2022, evangelistic speakers/event ideas and other resources will be released.
No, but your church may like to give a gift to help fund the resources that will be developed centrally to support local churches. Find out more about giving here.