Joshua Centre

Multiplying Congregations

Is God preparing you to plant a new congregation?

The Joshua Centre is a partnership between the Diocese of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral to support parishes in launching and growing new congregations. We’re working to see thirty new congregations launched by the end of 2022, reaching nine hundred new disciples of Jesus across our diocese. A Bigger Church making a Bigger Difference.
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Seeing the Bigger Picture

When God gives us a vision for a new Congregation, what do we do next? Getting started can be hard! There are, of course, lots of ways we could go about it, but here’s one way, taken from an excellent book by Will Mancini (called ‘God Dreams’): 1.   Start by picturing the long-term vision. Maybe God […]


Fransabas Clemt

Imagine if church was always the first place people in the community went to when they were struggling? St Francis and St Barnabas in Marsh Green, Wigan is one of those places. A church God has placed in the centre of one of the most deprived areas in our Diocese that has embraced its location and the people in their community.

I am convinced that the royal road to church growth, across the whole diversity of our Church of England, is the multiplication of congregations within our neighbourhoods and networks.

Bishop Paul Bayes