Messy Discipleship

Slowly and surely moving towards God - together

Messy Church Discipleship is one of our current projects.

What happens in a Messy Church is often very different to what happens in traditional church services. But the goal is the same: to make disciples of Jesus.

So just what might discipleship look like in the Messy Church context?

Messy Church discipleship isn’t about numbers. It’s about how we’re moving towards Jesus and becoming like him - as individuals and as a community, no matter how slowly. It’s about how we’re growing in our knowledge of God and in warmth towards him and his people.

And it’s for everyone - leaders included.

Initiatives to try out:

A Voyage of Discovery

Deepening discipleship in Messy Churches and beyond

Over 2019–20, the Messy Church team worked with the Church of England Evangelism and Discipleship Team, the Church Army Research Unit and three pioneering dioceses (Bristol, Durham and Hereford) to research discipleship in Messy Church. Read the report and download resources for your own use here.

The Self Review Toolkit

Explore discipleship through the Messy Church values. You could choose to look at how your Messy Church is doing generally against the five core Messy Church values using the Self Review Toolkit. Developed by the Diocese of Bristol, this useful guide will help you reflect, review, explore and develop the key areas.

The Messy Discipleship Pilot

Would you consider putting a special focus on discipleship for up to six months? The Discipleship Pilot offers four different approaches, with suggested activities to help your church grow in understanding, behaviour and attitude. Choose the right one for your Messy Church.