Growing Faith for Generations
Growing Faith for Generations is an initiative for sharing faith among all ages on the island in the coming years. It builds on the diocesan vision for ‘together, making Christ visible’.
The GF4G initiative was set up with three key elements. The two Diocesan ones are a Pioneer Minister, to concentrate substantially on rural areas; and a Town Centre Missioner to concentrate on .... Douglas town centre mission! The Town Centre Missioner receives a stipend, contributed by the Diocese; the rural Pioneer Minister is funded largely by community contributors. The vital third strand linked to these is work with schools, funded and supported by SUMT.
From 2014 to 2016 a diocesan team, with other partners including Scripture Union Ministries Trust (SUMT) and Douglas Churches Town Centre Partnership, had researched and worked on plans for sharing faith among all ages on the island in the coming years, and had identified options for funding. In 2016, in addition to identifying funding from local sources, the Diocese was awarded a substantial grant from the CofE Church Commissioners to help with these plans. (Statement posted in 2016 with project summary.)
The Church Commissioners' grant is a three year Strategic Development Fund (SDF) grant and, we have been thrilled to see the work develop and grow, and we recognise the need to sustain it into the future.
The GF4G steering board provides management support for team members and accountability to funders. The board comprises representatives of the Diocese and partner orgnisations and is chaired by the Diocesan Secretary. The board will ensure that elements of the work are adapted appropriately, as and when needed, to provide most fruitful results. We are currently entering into a comprehensive review of progress so far, assisted by an independent consultant, so we can shape what elements of our mission we prioritise next.
The Steering Board provides a progress report each year.
The Allchurches Trust also gives financial support.