New Places for New People (NPNP) are projects focused on forming new Christian communities for those not yet part of an existing church. NPNPs are the most effective means of connecting new people, new people groups, and new residents to Christian exploration and community. In addition, NPNPs bring learning from experimental 'research and development', identify and strengthen emerging leaders, and help the whole Church reflect on and examine its calling.
Here in Lincolnshire District, we have a small, enthusiastic NPNP Team that will help your church or circuit discern what your NPNP project could be. The District NPNP Team also initiates the district-led project(s), playing a role in submission for funding and leading on any necessary recruitment. It hopes to create a culture of pioneering within the district that inspires every circuit to start an NPNP by acting as advocates for the values of the Methodist Church in relation to pioneering and planting; encouraging and equipping circuits and local churches to launch NPNPs, shaping, guiding and championing the NPNP movement across the district. It also oversees and manage the funding of circuit-led or local-church-led NPNPs.
Lincolnshire (along with seven other districts) sits in Tranche 3 of NPNP which means that during 2022/23 we will be discerning and identifying the district project/s - and then 2023/24 will be when that/those projects will commence.
As NPNP progresses in the District, we hope to update this page with the stories and ideas as they happen.
The District Team currently comprises:
Malcolm Bailey – Barton & Brigg Circuit
Bev Barker – Grimsby & Cleethorpes Circuit
Rev Luke Smith – South Holland Circuit
and is supported by Nigel Pimlott & Gill Thomas from the Learning Network Eastern Team
If you would like to know more about the team, or feel called to join it – please contact Rev Luke Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to know more about NPNP across the connexion or to access documents relating to NPNP, you can visit The Methodist Church NPNP Pages
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