JSP's Future Development

  • Posted on: 6 February 2019
  • By: Gordon

JSP is developing in a way that encourages churches to support one another in their adoption of JSP. Such a process requires that our ‘Central Core Team’ is small and flexible as it responds to fresh opportunities and challenges.

New Resource: Team Building

  • Posted on: 5 February 2019
  • By: Gordon

JSP identifies ‘Five Priorities’ that sum up the ministry of Jesus, and these are explored by churches that adopt JSP. Afterwards many churches find the need to focus more intentionally on one of these, so resources to enable this are steadily growing. In addition to ‘Puzzles of the Kingdom’ that unlocks the parabolic nature of Jesus’ teaching ministry, ‘Team Building’ has recently been developed to help church members discover and use their God given gifts, and to do so as part of the Body of Christ.

Ilkley Conference March 2019

  • Posted on: 1 February 2019
  • By: Gordon

Preparations are going ahead for ‘Moving On’, JSP’s first National Conference in March 2019. Church JSP leaders from across the country will gather at The Briery in Ilkley, West Yorks, to share their experience of how JSP is facilitating a re-shaping of their churches, and is bringing fresh confidence and renewed vision to congregations. 

JSP Appoints National Children and Young People’s Advisor

  • Posted on: 31 January 2019
  • By: Gordon

JSP recently appointed its first National Children and Young People’s Advisor. Dawn Savidge began work in this vital part-time post in September 2018, having already spent a year working for JSP in the Diocese of Leeds. Dawn’s work includes oversight and development of JSP resources for children and young people, and ensuring that churches that adopt JSP across the UK find good support for their work with children. Dawn recently presented her vision for this work to the JSP Trustees, reminding them of Jesus’s priority for including and protecting children.

New Confidence and Direction for Your Church

  • Posted on: 30 January 2019
  • By: Gordon

JSP’s special contribution and message to the church today is very simple—and yet seriously challenging: ‘Let’s get more Jesus-Shaped’. If the church in the UK is to survive, especially in the most disadvantaged areas of our land, there is need for a radical re-shaping of its life in a way that is inspired and informed by the three year ministry of Jesus. Gordon Dey, JSP Team Leader comments, 'JSP offers fresh vision for churches to move out of their cul de sac and rediscover the Way of the Kingdom of God that Jesus taught and modelled.

JSP Sees Steady Growth Across the UK

  • Posted on: 29 January 2019
  • By: Gordon

Jesus Shaped People is growing steadily across the UK, and particularly in churches that serve urban estate communities and other areas of social disadvantage. Originating in Bradford, West Yorkshire, it is now making a significant contribution to churches in the Anglican dioceses of Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Blackburn, Chester, Rochester, Peterborough and Southwark, and is currently emerging in the dioceses of St. Albans, Lichfield, and Norwich. There is also interest appearing in London, Wales and Scotland. JSP is also being explored by other Christian denominations. 

Announcing the new JSP 'Team Building' resource

  • Posted on: 25 January 2019
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Father's Day family service at St Wilfrid's Calverley, photo credit: Rachel

JSP's plan to provide extended materials that enable churches to focus in on each of the 'Five Priorities' has take a step forward recently with the creation of a 10 week programme on 'Team Building'.  St Wilfrid's Church Calverley has been trialling this for us, and we're glad to publish their experience of this below. A final version of the material is being drafted, and will become available on the website in due course.  Work is also proceeding with a similar 'extension' to Priority One - 'People'.

Developing JSP Prayer Resources

  • Posted on: 4 January 2019
  • By: andy

A big part of Jesus Shaped People is our trying to offer ongoing missional support to the parishes which have engaged with it.

One of the things that has come up is a desire to develop good resources to help estate parishes with prayer.

We are going to be holding a day on Saturday 16th February to think about what resources there are, what we use and find helpful, where we might develop new ones.

The day will be in Birmingham, at The Old Rectory, Hodge Hill from 10.30am.

Bethlehem: City of Sheep and Bread

  • Posted on: 18 December 2018
  • By: Gordon

Happy Christmas!

I have always loved the Kings College Cambridge introduction to their Festival of Readings and Carols that invites us to go ‘in heart and mind to Bethlehem’. I’m incredibly fortunate to have made regular visits to Bethlehem over the past twenty-seven years. I’ve been inspired both by the landscape round Bethlehem and by the Palestinian people who live today in this ‘City of David’.