Listen & Reflect
Stage one: Triple listening
1. To God in prayer
Encouraging the whole church to pray is the first step in the MAP process. Plan for prayer cards, small groups, prayer walks, map of parish area, prayer days. Consider how you can capture impressions, scriptures, pictures, possibilities, what people sense God might be saying.
2. To the church – who are we?
Below are a selection of surveys you can use as tools for the church to reflect on its story, worship, community life and resources available for mission.
Robert Warren’s book Seven signs of a healthy church contains templates and guidance for a three-hour church profile workshop.
3. To the wider local community – where are we?
Below are a selection of surveys you can use as tools to listen to the local community, asking for reflections from your congregation and questions you can take to people in the wider parish. The Church Urban Fund and Office for National Statistics are good starting places for statistics.
Stage two: Reflection on what has emerged
This stage is about bringing together the insights that have been gained from the triple listening process outlined above.
- What has been discerned in prayer?
- What resources does the church have for mission?
- What mission opportunities have you discovered?