Parish Planning Tool

Parish Planning Tool

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The Parish Planning Tool is published in September 2019.

Update: the new Parish Planning Tool is looking great. We need a few more weeks than we anticipated to ensure that it's the best tool it can be for our parishes. Deliveries start in early September. 

Available to pre-order now for delivery in September The new Parish Planning Tool will help you recognise where God is already at work in your community and suggests the questions you need to answer to find out how you can best join in.

Local churches aren’t a problem that need fixing. The new Parish Planning Tool, developed by the Diocese of Oxford, helps people to focus on the positive core that’s there in every church, discern where God is already at work in their community, and discover how they can best join in.

What is it?

At the core of the Parish Planning Tool is a pack of cards, complete with facilitator guidelines, that guide groups to think through what it means for them to become more Christ-like.

The pack includes a quick-start process for first timers as well as optional cards and facilitator notes for more advanced work. Missional creativity cards keep the process fun and engaging and encourage the group to distinguish between good ideas and God ideas.

Who is it for?

The Parish Planning Tool is suitable for small groups, PCCs, whole-church meetings and Deanery Synods. Parish Development Advisors are on hand if needed to support the process or even facilitate sessions, but with a little bit of planning and preparation anyone from the parish lead sessions using the pack.  

Please note:

  • You must be the incumbent of a church in the Diocese of Oxford, or an elected member of the PCC, to order this resource.
  • A single pack of the Parish Planning Tool is made available to each parish or benefice and each deanery free of charge. Additional packs will be available to purchase at a later date.
  • We will be in touch when your pack is ready to despatch and to confirm the deliver address.