Resource Churches

The Parish Growth Framework

Building Block: Resource Churches

Strategic Goal: Pilot the resource church model with 8-10 strategically-located parishes.

Timeline of progress

  • The Resource Churches project was approved by the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission, Diocesan Council and Synod in 2019. The project was proposed as a four-year pilot running until the end of 2022. 
  • Churches were recruited and announced towards the end of 2019, and Resource Church leaders began meeting as part of a learning community. The Resource Church project was largely on hold during 2020 while churches adapted to the COVID-19 environment.
  • The first phase of the project is focused on building the capacity of Resource Churches and their leaders.
  • Specialists have been appointed as park of the Resource Churches project. These specialists are:
    • Bishop Daniel Abot — Ethnic congregations, Parishes and Other Mission Agencies CommissionThe Rev’d Daniel Hobbs — Mission planning and implementation and Lay ministry and leadership development, St John’s Cathedral
    • Dale Lennon — Youth and children’s ministry and digital ministry, Robina Anglican Church
    • Betrys Lowe — Youth and children’s ministry, St Bart’s Toowoomba
    • Michelle McDonald — Communications and community engagement, Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commision
    • Bowen Miller — Communications and digital ministry, Robina Anglican Church
    • Amy Norman — Faith formation and discipleship, St Bart’s Toowoomba
    • Mary-Anne Rulfs — Community engagement (mission and evangelism), Robina Anglican Church 
  •  Resource Church leaders and specialists meet regularly.
  •  The larger Resource Churches have been providing various resources to other churches.

The Parish Growth Framework