Mission

At the Town Church we are committed to the idea that every church is a missionary church. We draw our inspiration from the dynamic and pioneering early church that we read about in the New Testament and from Jesus’ instruction that his followers that they are to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19)
The Anglican Communion has offered five marks of mission (based on Jesus’ own summary of his mission: Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:18, Luke 7:22; cf. John 3:14-17):

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;

  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;

  • To respond to human need by loving service;

  • To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation; and

  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

While we recognise that we may not be called or equipped as a church to engage with God’s mission in all of these different ways, we do seek to hold to this broad and holistic vision of Christian mission. When we understand our task in this way we are better placed to pursue the goal of becoming a church whose activity goes beyond meeting our own needs, to the needs of the world around us – especially the need to hear the Good News of Jesus and to acknowledge him as Lord.


summer BBQ in the church grounds (right) and a lunchtime Business Connect event (below)

As such our mission activity in more recent times has taken on the following emphases:

  • Building a “magnetic community”
  • Broadening the variety of church activity in order to include non-Christians:
  • Working within the business community (see businessconnect.je)
  • Christians in Sport
  • Financially supporting other mission work that is close to the hearts of people​
    ​in the church
  • Using social media to increase awareness
  • Giving to the poor

Where are we hoping to go?

As a church, we hope to get better at meeting and serving people where they are and meeting their needs in a humble and no-strings-attached way. In that way we earn their trust, their respect and we also learn from them. This will require leadership and vision to take us out of our familiar patterns and into new and unexamined territory.

We hope and pray that the next Minister of the Town Church will be as passionate about mission as we are (if not more so!) and will bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for effective mission in a vibrant and rapidly changing society.

Modules

What?

At the Town Church we have been running a seven-week cycle of fellowship groups or “modules”. The seven weeks include six weeks of regular gatherings, usually with a particular theme or aim. We tend to plan around school holidays and to include a coupe of weeks of break between terms. We also run a few smaller and well-publicised one off events during each term.

The seventh week of every term includes a fellowship meal after church on Sunday lunchtime. The modules and activity for the following term are presented at this lunch.

How?

We encourage every member of the church to consider joining at least one of the activities on the schedule for each cycle – especially those that involve committing to a weekly meeting for the six weeks. We especially encourage the whole church to attend the fellowship meal, which also presents a great opportunity to invite people who are not church members but have been involved in that term’s activity.

Anyone can sign up for as many modules as they like. Or, if people are in a particularly busy season in life, we encourage them to feel free to opt out of a particular term and have a break.

beach volleyball at St Brelades (right) and the Town Church do birdwatching (below)


In the run up to each new term the whole church are encouraged to think through what activity we might include and if they might contribute by way of leading a module where they can share their skills or interest. We are particularly open to ideas that will make inviting friends and family very easy.

So far we have included – Basketball, painting classes, Express lunchtime Bible study, Film nights, flower arranging, bird watching, a Bible overview, beach volleyball, a philosophy evening and more.

Why?

There are many reasons we have adopted this format. Amongst them are that:

  1. people generally feel less burdened by the prospect of a short term (as apposed to indefinite) commitment, both in terms of leadership and attendance

  2. people may want to try different things but are often reluctant to abandon long standing commitments in favour of new ones and generally don’t have time for both.

  3. non-church members and seekers may find more traditional church activity a bit “full on” but be open to fun or non-religious activity such as sports or crafts

  4. a diverse schedule allows for both non-religious activity and our core practices of Bible study and prayer meetings without diluting either.

  5. we have a variety of worship services encompassing different styles of worship and we need to find ways to bring people together outside of regular worship in order to remain one church

  6. if a group is more settled and dependent on consistent fellowship, their module can simply be continually rolled-over in to the next term with a change of emphasis that makes it easy for new people to drop in

  7. it encourages a culture of hospitality and relationship building – core gospel values