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Reflecting in Lockdown

Lockdown may have given you time to re-evaluate about what is important and how you look after yourself. Some people found the time to exercise outdoors gave some solace in the green space nearby, sharing paths and places previously overlooked.

‘There were significant impacts on nature. As the world slowed during lockdowns, there were reports of wildlife in areas normally busy with people. This was not only in urban areas; puffins on the Farne Islands are one example of wildlife thriving in a deserted national park. In the UK daily exercise of a walk or cycles ride enabled many people to connect with nature in their local area. Reduced traffic noise meant that bird song could be heard in usually busy streets and road kill declined.’

p12 ‘Covid-19 Environment, Justice and the Future’ E198 Grove

University of Derby conducted research that found nature connectionedness is as important for wellbeing as income and education (Capaldi).

What can something as simple as nature connection do in improving our mental health? In connecting to nature we improve our sense of wellbeing. If you think of your mental health as variable to each person and each situation then self-care in simple ways is something we need to practice.

Do not underestimate the importance of preventative work.’ Angela Kerry, Policy Officer, Derbyshire Mental Health Forum 21 July 2020.

Mental illness is not always preventable, but to prevent it we can use the 5 ways to wellbeing. Nature connection can help us- connect, be active, wonder, learn and give.

Just take the idea of wonder. We can see more shades of green than any other colour (James Wong on Twitter @Botanygeek). Is that so we can appreciate beauty in the outdoors and value everything from a landscape to a leaf?

Connecting to nature improves the quality of our lives.

Connecting with other human beings can bring perspective but so can feeling tiny as you reach a hilltop and admire the view. Perhaps we can also prevent the inclination to be ego centric and be encouraged in our caring for each other and for creation.

Nature Connectedness what can we do?

It is estimated we have 10,000 churchyards in the Church of England the land equivalent to a small National Park. If you added in private gardens and allotments, it would be bigger still.

Derby University research shows Nature Connection benefits can be measured in both adults and children.

  • Notice good things in nature and write them down.
  • Nature connection stuck with people 2 months later.
  • We look after things we value. In children ‘noticing’ in nature gave rise to increased caring of the environment.
  • Feeling better increased: people measurably perceived themselves as happier.
  • Nature connection is offered as a social prescription: it works in urban environments.
  • Create some good memories outdoors. Nature connection is more powerful than ‘knowing about it’ or contact, it needs to link to us emotionally and meaningfully, tying in to our compassion and aesthetics (beauty).

We treasure what we know and value.

Our beautiful world of human, animal and plant species is under threat, rising extinction of species https://www.ipbes.net/news/ipbes-global-assessment-summary-policymakers-pdf highlighted this before the pandemic. Campaigners are wanting a just return for our people and planet after lockdown.

‘Preserving terrestrial ecosystems on land, in the oceans and in our fresh watercourses, is essential for the survival of the species, including our own. Preserving biodiversity also means researching it....Knowing … will make us understand better and follow a wiser path.’            We are all Greta, chapter 12, Biodiversity.

Collecting- accumulating more and more: a selfish activity, has damaged the planet. This tendency can be funneled into identifying (and not destroying), and appreciating species. Eco church resource https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Land-How-to-Look-After-Your-Land-in-Wildlife-Friendly-Ways.pdf

Sharing our love of nature (treasuring the earth) welcoming the local public and visitors can be part of our mission. We can offer the opportunity to join in, learn, connect, sharing access to a local green space. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/churchcare/advice-and-guidance-church-buildings/biodiversity. We can also share our findings/ photos with local organisations recording sightings. Churches Count on Nature week uses the iNaturalist app but you can use it anytime.

Where there is little local public green space Sharing what we have can be of great value: we show solidarity with people facing inequality in our parishes. https://neweconomics.org/2020/05/parks-are-for-everyone

Suggestions to encourage nature connection with the need to follow current guidance to wash hands, social distance etc.

Church of England Resources

Biodiversity | The Church of England 


Related information

Nature Connectedness research Derby University https://www.derby.ac.uk/research/centres-groups/nature-connectedness-research-group/

Wildlife Watch https://www.southderbyshire.gov.uk/our-services/environment/environmental-forum-and-volunteering/wildlife 

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust https://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-explorer



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What do we mean by vocations?

Vocation is a difficult word. It can sound to many of us like a long-term professional undertaking of several years’ duration. And for those who wish to pursue ordination, a long term commitment is certainly required.  But vocations can also have a different shape if we think of them as gifts or calling.

See the helpful helpful video above - from The Fund for Theological Education


Vocations, gifts and calling

We all possess some God-given gifts. But often we don’t fully recognise how gifted we are because these gifts have been with us for a long time and it is easy to take them for granted. Or they may have been hidden in the shadows for some time. But there is in all of us something that people recognise and come to us for. And their desire to do this is acknowledgement that we have something special that they don’t see in others. In other words, they recognise our gifts.    


Our unique self

The wonder of being human is our unique quality. Our unique make up comes from a combination of many factors, some that are given at birth and the rest from our life experiences, education, and the skills and gifts that we gain and develop on the spiritual journey. We are all one-offs. And therefore by the same token we all have a unique gift to offer to God.

There are a myriad of gifts and callings in the midst of all churches. We may be a practical person, good with our hands, who can get on and make and fix things. There are those with great organisational skills, whom we all turn to when an event needs arranging. There are leaders, speakers, teachers, the artistic who make the music, write, provide the artwork in the church. These are but a small sample of the commonly found gifts within most churches in addition to the more spiritually orientated gifts.   

However, it’s not always easy to recognise our individual gifts until we sit down and give this some thought.  And then we may find it acknowledging the real gifts that God has given us and then take these further, developing and applying them in our spiritual walk.

‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms’. 1 Peter 4:10


Age is no barrier

And it doesn’t matter how old you are. From young person to retired, we all have gifts to offer and can all serve. It is always good to remember that the Lord has no arms and legs in this world other than ours. 



How can we discern these gifts? And how can we use them for God? After all, there are many ways. Some will be called to ordained ministry in one of its forms; some to lay ministry as a reader. For others, there will be lay roles within the church. Or others may be called to God’s work in their daily lives. What you do already may be your vocation. John van Sloten states, ‘There is no job so boring that it would disinterest God, because there is no person whom God does not love and see.’

There are a number of options available if you feel drawn to explore the subject of your gifts and calling.

1) The first stage is to give it in prayer. Here is a simple prayer to start the process:  

‘Lord, help me to understand more clearly my gifts and calling. Bring the right people and situations to me to guide me in discerning a way forward. Amen.’

2) Talk it over with others. Discernment is not a solitary process. Talk with a trusted friend, a prayer partner or spiritual accompanier if you have one, or talk with your priest. This will help to give you some idea of a general direction.

3) What are your strengths, passions and gifts? Ask yourself this question and gain the opinion of those you know. There are likely to be clues here.

4) Push doors. See what happens as you move forward with certain ideas.  ‘Have a go!’

5) Keep a journal of what you are noticing.

6) Recognise that discernment is a personal and individual business. There is no foolproof process and sometimes the unexpected can be a part of the discernment journey. 


The Vocations Team

The diocese has a vocations team there to assist individuals to discern their vocation and discover what that means for you.

>> Contact the Vocations Team

There are Exploration Days and other relevant courses that are held from time to time in the diocese for those wishing to proceed further.

Also, check out the Church of England website on vocations for further information: churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations


Introductory books on vocation and calling

Called or Collared – An Alternative Approach to Vocation – Francis Dewar  (SPCK, 2000) 

God of Surprises – Gerard W Hughes (Darton Longman and Todd Ltd, 2008)

How to Find Your Vocation – A Guide to Discovering the Work You Love – John Adair (Canterbury Press, 2002)

The Person Called You – Bill Hendricks (Moody Publishers, 2014)

Every Job a Parable – John van Sloten (Hodder and Stoughton, 2017)   

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The Diocese of Derby is currently working to become an Eco Diocese.

 In 2018, a motion, proposed by Archdeacon Carol and seconded by Dr Richard Henderson-Smith, was:
"This Synod agrees to implement the process of becoming an Eco Diocese through the efforts of parishes, deaneries and diocesan officers and offices as it moves towards applying the gospel mission of caring for God’s Earth for the sake of God’s creatures. This is agreed to be reported, shared and celebrated at deanery and diocesan level."

Contact Stella Collishaw on 01332 388685 or email Stella.Collishaw@derby.anglican.org   


A Rocha Eco Church Award Winners within the Diocese of Derby- we have our first Gold!

There are 3871 churches registered in England, over 1000 have made bronze award, over 350 have silver awards and 22 gold awarded.

Awards in this Diocese:- 


Gold Awards

Glossop Parish Church, read the story here


Silver Awards

St Johns Mickleover

St Barnabas Derby

All Saints Sawley who describe their approach on the church website

St Marks Winshill

St Margarets Carsington

St Peters Belper

Derby Cathedral who describe thier approach in this article


Bronze Awards

All Saints Wingerworth

St Lawrence Church Eyam

Christchurch Hulland

Christchurch Belper 

St John the Baptist Bamford

St Peters Littleover

St Peters Fairfield

St Michael Hathersage

St John Bamford

St Thomas Biggin

St Matthew Darley Abbey


To contact these churches go to find a church or ask Stella Collishaw or your Deanery Administrator for a best contact.


A Rocha UK

From meditation to insulation, from location to invocation; loving God and his creation should impact everything in our church lives.
That's why A Rocha UK has developed Eco Church.

Eco Church – is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

Eco Church is the exciting initiative, which will challenge and equip you to care for God’s world in all areas of your life together.

Join in with neighbours and the wider Diocese as we work together to achieve a Diocesan bronze award.

To participate in the Eco Church scheme, register your church at Eco Church - An A Rocha UK Project

There is also a tutorial and user guide.

You can then begin completing the online survey by indicating how your church is caring for God’s earth in your worship and teaching, around your buildings and grounds (if applicable), in your community engagement at local and global level and in your personal lifestyles as church members.

As you complete the survey, your church collects points towards an Eco Church Award. You can save your survey responses and update them as you find out more by consulting church leaders. The survey serves as both a record of actions achieved and as a ready-made plan for future action that can be updated as and when new initiatives are undertaken. Accompanying the survey there is a new suite of resources to help churches undertake the actions recommended in the survey.

Once your church has amassed sufficient points, you will qualify for an Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Bronze and Silver Awards will be granted on receipt of written confirmation from your church leader that the survey responses are a true reflection of the current work and witness of your church. Gold Awards will only be granted following a visit to the church by Eco Church Assessors who need to be satisfied that your survey responses are an accurate reflection of your work and witness.

Award-winning churches will receive a certificate to mark their achievement and will have the option of purchasing (at cost) an Award plaque fashioned from recycled church pews to display on their premises.

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The Church of England Transition Pathway Initiative influences companies using the weight of our collective investment including the pensions.


Diocese of Hallam divests.



Just and green recovery 2021.



Choose renewable energy.


Climate Stewards offset calculator



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Gold Award

Congratulations to Glossop 

read their story on the front page click here

If you are not yet registered as a parish, why not check out the new user guide and tutorial from A Rocha along with the Diocesan bitesize course.


Good news from Hadfield

The Wild Peak Programme: St Andrews Junior School | Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Latest training / events from internal and external networks


The Church of England Environment Team actively support Diocesan Environment Officers (DEO). They are a brilliant team to connect with.

They are offering wider invite virtual events twice a year. If you are reading this as a volunteer from a parish in Diocese of Derby you are invited.

Tuesday September 12th 2-3:30 Register in advance for this meeting. 

This is free and if you can't attend on the day you will get updated information through signing up.


As part of the new action packs on Net Zero there are some new resources click here.

The full Net Zero series can be caught up, book to get the links sent to you first. See Net Zero Carbon - YouTube for most recent uploads.


Young Christian Climate Network, are an action-focused community of young Christians in the UK aged 18-30, website https://www.yccn.uk/ 

Their campaign Take the Veg Pledge, includes a recorded launch event, 

What Would Jesus Eat?, exploring connections of food, Christianity & climate change.



>> Latest statement on Biodiversity from the CofE National Investing Bodies 


Climate intercessors monthly Zoom prayer meet is on the second Tuesday of the month at 1pm or 8pm.

It is a well managed international prayer gathering with items of focus - both well researched and with continuity.

Recommended by DEO as a useful space to listen, thank God and interceed on these issues it is highly recommended. It is also a valued antidote to being overwhelmed or grieving the impact of humans on the planet. there is also a monthly update to direct your prayers see Prayer Resources & Guides — Climate Intercessors.

click here to find out more Climate Intercessors


Local News: Eco Church newsletter

If you are from a parish in Diocese of Derby and want to obtain the newsletter then email. It is offered approximately three times a year. Last publication date was Feb 2023.


Subscribe to the CofE Environment bulletin for the latest offer nationally including virtual training courses

It includes training opportunities and is recommended for Eco Churches and parishes working to net zero.


Citizen Science: Churches Count on Nature June 2023

Catch up on the Webinars on Land and Nature for Churches Count on Nature 

see the new Guide to Ancient and Veteran Trees

Whether you are the custodian of an ancient tree or just an interested observer, Caring for God's Acre's comprehensive guide to ancient yews and other trees is an interesting read. It includes history, folklore, management and some tips on how to enthuse other people about these majestic trees.

Take a look at the webpage or download the guide directly


Operation Noah: 

Operation Noah: News Expanding the Bright Now Campaign. 

Church Land and the Climate Crisis report 2022: says we should 1) get our own house in order, 2) use our assets- land and investments- wisely, 3) use our voice.


Environmental Fundraising - webinar recordings can be viewed here.

See Funding - Parish ResourcesParish Resources and/or  Diocesan advice.

Recommended publications

  • “There is no Planet B” and “How bad are bananas?” by Mike Berners Lee 
  • “Wilding” by Isabella Tree – about nature and rewilding in general and the Knepp Estate (West Sussex) in particular
  • “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” by Katharine Hayhoe 
  • “A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues” by Martin J Hodson and Margot R Hodson

Grove Booklets


IPCC report Feb 2022 shows climate change is hitting wildlife hard. 

IPCC report published (Aug 2021) shows 

  • It is unequivocal that human behaviour is changing the climate
  • The impacts of climate change are already being felt in every region across the globe (temperate regions are not safe)
  • The impacts of climate change will continue to get worse until we stop burning fossil fuel
  • The longer we leave it to make change, the worse the impacts will be

Summary for Policymakers and comment from Bishop Graham.

Eco Church case studies and webinars from the CofE.

Eco Church

To contact a local church engaging or find volunteering opportunities contact or go to find a church or see the up to date list on Eco Church: Turn your church green

There is a bitesize introductory course on Becoming an Eco church (community section) and a resource sheet for parishes.

The Eco Church website has a resources page - everything from measuring your carbon footprint, or being wildlife friendly to different types of recyclable cup available.

Please contact us when you register your parish so we can keep in touch with your news and share training and new resources. If you have been on the journey for sometime, please give the best email contact for your parish or benefice.


Buildings advice 

Historic England guidance and webinar programme

SPAB - Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings

Advice in this Diocese is from DAC

Carbon footprint 


Useful carbon footprint transport calculator from Climate Stewards - it allows you to compare journeys.

The Environment Working Group are looking car charging points currently so advice will be forthcoming.

OZEV- grants for EV car charging posts.

EV charging postsZap Map.
(note - church webinar programme above includes a webinar on EV car charging). 

Simply car share journeys, use of public transport and active travel are ways to act more sustainably too.

Sustainable preaching and Service resources

ARocha UK produced prayers including videos for Great Big Green week Pray with us this Great Big Green Week - A Rocha UK.

A new resource combining the benefits of previous resources with preaching notes and ideas for every Sunday in the lectionary.


If you decide to hold an outdoor service see the Church of England advice and related resources. 
Ask your Pioneer minister about Forest Church or Muddy Church.


Churches could do more on climate change. 
Tearfund report with young Christians: only 1:10 young people say churches are acting as they should.
Two thirds of young people had never heard a Sunday sermon on the issue.
>> Tearfund campaigns information.

Worship and music 

Outdoor worshipguidance page  

Creation-themed liturgy A Time for Creation

Liturgy for the Agricultural Year

Doxecology by Resound worship

Bishop Olivia of Reading’s theological reflections (+Olivia chairs the Oxford net zero taskforce)

A Rocha International - YouTube channel - search for Dave Bookless New Wine talks NL 2020 


Land and nature

Land and nature webinar programme - A great place to start, with lots of videos offering practical advice on a wide range of topics from bats to biodiversity, trees to Forest Church, and managing your grass. (You can also find them as a single YouTube playlist here.) 

CofE Biodiversity page and Trees page 

Botanical Companion which has a list of the species most often found in churchyards:

Caring for God’s Acre free resources

Grass cutting advice sheet  


information sheet on the Five Steps for good churchard management 

Bats in Churches project

Study resources 

Saying Yes to Life Ruth Valerio, written as a lent course - useful stand alone chapters for novice and engaged Christian. Highly readable. Available as a book and as a e-read.


Tenants of the King, a 4 part study updated for 2022 looking at what the Bible has to say about climate change, from Operation Noah. Worth looking at purely for answers to common questions pages 22-25. Paper copies were offered at clergy Conference 2018 so ask around and it was recommended by those who used it.

Dave Bookless Planetwise and God doesn't do waste. The study series for planetwise. Dave was a founder of A Rocha Uk which gave rise to Eco church.

Mission and Creation Care for disciples, John Ray Institute.

Faith in a Changing Climate USPG downloadable study resource with case studies from across the Anglican Communion. It includes a very helpful page on Climate Change FAQs 


Bible study based on Cherishing the Earth (2008) Margot and Martin Hodson- six week course. A blend of science and theology.

Let there be stuff...? Course of 6 sessions aimed at teenagers/ young adults.

7 weeks detox from consumerism. Based on Consumer Detox by Mark Powley, St Georges, Leeds.

Christian Aid Theology of Climate Change.

Church Mission Society study resource 'The Possible world'.

Plenty from Joy in Enough (Green Christian) offer a study and a challenge to rethink our economy,  acknowledge our complicity in consumerism and climate change.

Range of resources from A Rocha including one based on Jesus and the earth, James Jones (2003).

Caring for Creation and Living in Hope York Courses


Nature Connection

 All age service from Sarah Brown sign up for her newsletter email.

Resources from Christian Climate Action 

Derbyshire Churches Environment Network service outline aimed at use in small social distanced groups in the outdoors.

Climate is highly political, some global multinationals have alot to loose. So Climate Denial hasn't gone away – here's how to spot arguments for delaying climate action. New research exposes the common tropes of bad faith arguments about climate change. Read more in The Conversation UK


Frameworks for individual / household action 

  • Creation Care, a framework for households which congregations can follow together
  • Count us in- 16 high impact steps which individuals can take to cut carbon
  • WWF Footprint Calculator - simple footprint tool, and an informative process


Frameworks for schools and youth 




News archive 

Green Christian magazine is freely available online. 

List of councils who have declared a Climate Emergency.


Other resources

Repair Cafe helps reduce waste through mending items that might otherwise be discarded. Please note there are conditions to using the name and logo.
There may be one nearby you can access - in New Mills, Eyam, Chesterfield.

Refil app. If your church has a publicly available tap which people could use to refil drinking bottles (and reduce waste) you can add it to this scheme.

LiftShare UK.

For the keen cyclist -the cathedral cycle route challenge

Plant Lock bike rack - as one example of what is possible where there is no local scheme available.

B-Lines - Buglife 

Misc Training

Climate Resilience

Forest Church


Food in the Anthropocene, how changes in diet could feed the planets population.

Living the change

Frack Free Barlborough talk with Dr Ian Fairlie, international toxicologist talking about radon risk in Fracking. For Powerpoint slides email.

Sustainable Heating and Lighting conference [Powering Gods Northern Powerhouse Dec 2018] resources to download. 

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The Church of England has committed to work towards net zero carbon after a motion by General Synod. Our target date is 2030.

This is because we know emissions of carbon dioxide - and other green house gases, need to be reduced to arrest the damage we are doing to the planet. They are currently rising and are above the target for carbon dioxide 350 parts per million (ppm) at 420ppm [June 2022].

To do this we have to rethink how we operate our buildings.

Six principles are to:

  1. maintain buildings
  2. buy renewable
  3. waste less
  4. electric not gas/oil
  5. generate more
  6. offset the rest


How is Net Zero measured?

Energy use (oil, gas, electricity) + fuel (travel)= gross carbon footprint.

From that value we takeaway 100% renewable energy and carbon offset/sequestration.

This calculation gives us ‘net zero’ carbon figure.


Which energy providers count as renewable?

>> View this list issued by the Church of England

A fuller and more technical explanation, resources and film are available



Renewable energy generation

Generating our own electricity is a solution that should be seriously considered. The aim of the recent The way finder project is a pilot study looking at high energy use buildings and how to get them to net zero. It has advice for people responsible for all sizes of building.  

Net zero webinars - include the Wayfinder project [this is a pilot of renewables on a range of Cof E buildings and plans for net zero on these premises, commissioned by General Synod], heating, lighting, solar panels, EV car charging, and more.

They are available as a single YouTube playlist here.

Many of our buildings can be used more sustainably by adjusting in ways that are simpler. There are case studies and guidance available.

There are renewables case studies and you can search for local churches with existing renewables on the renewables map.

If your church is considering replacing a boiler and want to review  renewable options, please consult Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) colleagues as you deliberate.

>> CofE sustainable buildings national guidance

Smaller churches might also like to see a film from a group of rural churches in the Diocese of Leeds: https://youtu.be/13LF_waQFpU   



Practical path to net zero

The practical path to Net Zero is a two page checklist and a great place to start.

Download the Practical Path to Net Zero here.


The Energy Footprint Tool or EFT

Measure your parish carbon footprint now to set a baseline measurement. This can be done simply using the parish return system, the resource from the Church of England. Go to your where you add your normal Stats for Mission return or see Energy Footprint Tool | The Church of England. This is currently closed for analysis and will be live from January 2023 to end of July 2023.

To measure your personal energy footprint see: WWF Footprint Calculator The UK average is just over 12 and to meet our target to get to net zero by 2045 10.5. We aim to reduce this towards a fair share globally which would be 1 tonne which would require a huge change of current infrastructures.


Carbon Literacy

Although embedded carbon footprint isn’t current measured, we need to know about it. A very rough guide it is related to cost, so make large expenditure decisions slower and research them thoughtfully.

This autumn 2022, we intend to increase Carbon Literacy amongst the Diocese of Derby leadership. This is externally accredited training.

Resources are available at: Home - Centre for Alternative Technology (cat.org.uk) and Climate Stewards.



Climate Stewards is one place you can use to calculate offset to get to net zero carbon.

Link to Climate Stewards: Climate Stewards

The advice is to keep the percentage of offset as low as you possibly can. If you have got to Net Zero Carbon this should become your target.


Action Packs 

Routemap Net zero carbon routemap  now has specific tools for different organisations:


Where to get help locally

John Beardmore, is an engineer and adviser on renewables for the DAC John@T4sLtd.co.uk John



>> Parish Resources

>> Diocese of Derby funding resources


Map of renewables CoEngland.

Please add your example to the map. The CofE is seeking renewables, transport and community engagement case studies from this area. 

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Mission Action Toolkit

The Mission Action Toolkit is a set of resources that can help any church, of whatever tradition, size, context or type, to join in with responding to the missional aims of the Diocesan Vision. If you would like to know more about the Diocesan Vision and its missional aims, you can do so here.

The Toolkit is based on Mission Action Planning for the Diocese of Derby, which we have been using since 2010 to help churches grow as healthy, worshipping communities that engage in God's mission in the world. However, it is a more focused, streamlined toolkit that is flexible and light-tough enough for any church to use. Churches can use the Toolkit in many different ways and adapt it to suit their own context and style.

The Toolkit isn't another thing to do or an extra initiative. It is a process to help with that which has always been central to the identity, calling and purpose of every single expression of church - to engage in God's mission in the world. It can help churches to acknowledge and celebrate what God is already doing in and through them in mission, and to hear God's call to grow and develop in their mission further.

The Toolkit consists of six core resources, which are all downloadable below. More resources will be added in the future, and all the resources of the existing full MAP process, found in these pages, are also available to use with the Mission Action Toolkit.

  • Quick Start Guide - an accessible introduction to the Mission Action Toolkit, suitable for anyone in the church.
  • Introduction for Church Leaders - a more detailed guide intended for use by any church leader, lay or ordained.
  • Missional Aims Summary - a single-sheet overview of the different aspects of each missional aim.
  • Resource Sheets - a rich set of theological reflections, discussion questions, prayers and ideas for actions for every aspect of our missional aims.
  • Questionnaire - one way in which to gather information from the church as a part of the Mission Action Toolkit process.
  • Action Sheet - a way of recording and tracking the actions a church decides to undertake.

The Mission Action Toolkit is designed to be adapted and used independently by any church. However, help and support is available to help churches as they use the Toolkit. To find help, please send an email to missioner@derby.anglican.org.

Missional aims videos

Please watch and enjoy these five-minute videos, each offering a light Biblical reflection by  Revd Jason Kennedy on one aspect of our missional aims, ‘Transformed Lives’, 'Growing Church' and 'Building Community'.

They form a part of the Mission Action Toolkit, which helps churches to engage with God’s mission in an approachable, practical and flexible way.

The videos can be used for individual reflection, as a light sermon or an introduction to a conversation in small groups or, for example, a Lent group.

Help and Information

For more help and information about MAP for the Diocese of Derby, please please send an email to missioner@derby.anglican.org.


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