JSP lands in Chester Diocese
Exciting news on the Jesus Shaped People front! At the invitation of Ian Rumsey and Richard Burton from the Chester Diocese Parish Development Team, we have introduced JSP into the Chester Diocese.
A few weeks ago, Ian and Richard came over to Bradford to meet with the JSP Team and discover more about the Jesus Shaped People adventure. It would be no exaggeration to say that they left excited and fired up! During the meeting, they invited the JSP team to come to the diocese to meet with a group of interested clergy and lay people.
And so it was on June 2nd that Gordon Dey, Betty Pedley and Paul Walker travelled over to the wonderful surroundings of St Johns Hartford - chosen because it is more or less at the centre of the diocese. Richard and Ian had worked hard in the interim period, personally inviting a wide range of churches - many of them from parishes with high levels of social deprivation.
More than 50 people gathered for the seminar which consisted of two one-hour sessions. In the first, Gordon set out the Jesus Shaped People vision. After a break for coffee, we looked at the methodology of JSP by thinking about children, young people, resources and the website.
In short - we examined both the 'why' and the 'how' of Jesus Shaped People.
Time will tell where JSP goes in Chester from this point forward. Initial response was positive and warm. But, quite rightly, people will need time to process what they learned, and prayerfully consider the next steps. Of course, PCCs will need to be consulted and the foundations put in place. JSP is not something to be entered into lightly - it needs full commitment from everyone involved.
However, we believe that the wind of the Spirit is blowing across the parishes of the Chester Diocese. And we fully expect that very soon we will start to see JSP impacting the lives and mission of many churches and parishes in Chester.