A Plentiful Harvest / Renewal & Reform

Renewal and Reform is rooted in an understanding of Luke 10:2:

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

God has called us afresh in our generation to be salt and light, to love our neighbours as ourselves, to have compassion on a lost and bewildered generation. We live in a time of turmoil and nothing is to be gained by denying uncomfortable truths. But God is faithful and therefore ours is also a time of hope. Christ calls us to pray in hope that the Lord of the harvest will send labourers into his harvest field.

The Bible tells of the surprising work of God in calling the most unexpected people. As the church now seeks to nurture new generations of leaders we too will need to look in unexpected places. We may need to focus on the fringes where people are finding faith, meeting Jesus and committing themselves to the work of the Kingdom. And we will need to go beyond the fringes to reach out and listen carefully to those who have not even thought of Jesus, confident that as we plant and water seeds God will give the growth.

Renewal and Reform offers a message of hope through changed lives and transformed communities as people of faith and people finding faith also discover their vocation to love God and serve others. This loving service will find voice and expression in myriad ways but will be underpinned by justice, mercy and a humble walk with God.

A Hopeful Future / Renewal & Reform

By building on, challenging and supplementing the excellent work that is already taking place across the parishes, dioceses and in the National Church Institutions it is hoped that Renewal and Reform will help enable the church to move to a place where:

  • Followers of Jesus are faithful witnesses to the transforming love of God in word and action
  • Churches are equipped to make and sustain disciples across all generations
  • Churches, chaplaincies and fresh expressions are able to have the ministry and leadership they need
  • Dioceses have senior leadership which is more representative and better equipped for God’s mission
  • The whole church can confidently communicate our faith in a digital age
  • The whole church is focussing greater energy on our participation in God’s mission

And through all of this that more and more people may come to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.