mission shaped intro

Rediscover mission and re-imagine church

Our world and our lives change at an ever faster pace, but how does the church respond to this change? Are new ways of being church possible? If so, what might they look like?

mission shaped intro helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It takes you on a creative and reflective journey looking at the need for new ways of being church.

The six 90- or 120-minutes sessions explore:

  • rediscovering mission: the mission of God as the foundation for any expression of church;
  • changing world, changing church: how the church might respond to a world of change and uncertainity;
  • re-imagining church – community: the need for fresh expressions of church to develop authentic community in a world shaped by consumerism and individualism;
  • re-imagining church – worship: how fresh expressions of church are re-imagining worship;
  • discipleship and leadership: how to enable healthy discipleship and leadership within fresh expressions of church;
  • where do we go from here?: to provide space for you to consider your response to the course and offer options to what you might do next.

The sessions which include creative activities, film clips, presentations, discussion, worship and prayer, msi is ideal for those starting from scratch as well as those who have attended a vision day or who are thinking about joining the mission shaped ministry course.

msi is available as a free download (registration required) or to purchase as course notes and DVD and participant workbooks.

Download mission shaped intro (free registration required)

What you think

msi has been used by over 75,000 people on every populated continent.

Worthwhile coming and a challenge – opened my eyes to many things that are possible.

Thank you for being affirmative and challenging my thinking and at times being inspiring and prophetic.

Downloading the course

You can download mission shaped intro for free on the mission shaped ministry website.

You will need to follow the instructions to create and activate a new account, then follow the links to mission shaped intro to enrol.


A fantastic and easy to use tool for missional thinking for every church community. The chance to re-imagine so many different facets of life is something that every church should make full use of.

Jeff Reynolds, Methodist Mission Enabler

Gets to the heart of understanding about mission – incarnation. It is a great way to help people change their mindset and grasp the impact of culture on mission today.

Rachel Jordan, Church of England Adviser for Mission and Evangelism

One of the best resources available for people investigating what it might mean to be a mission-shaped disciple, offering the space for people to become more confident in faith, mission and discipleship. Everyone should participate in this course and see where it leads!

Joanne Cox, Methodist Evangelism in Contemporary Culture Officer

A course that explains cultural change and helps convert church mindset from 'bringing people in' to 'getting the Gospel message out' is what many churches need as they struggle to understand why church life has changed and what mission means now within their own communities. Detailed leaders' notes make msi the ideal course for introducing local churches to the concept of being mission-shaped.

Linda Rayner, URC Coordinator for Fresh Expressions

William HewittWhen more and more Churches are concerned about the future, it is right that we go back to basics and ask what is the Church? What is God calling us to do? We can no longer hope to sit back and welcome those who come to us. We have to engage with the community, in the way God engaged with us, by going out and reaching out to those around us. When the church is in mission, it is the true church. I am very happy to be able to commend this course to you.

Right Revd William Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2009-2010

Peter NeilsonAcross the Western world the church is reconfiguring to a new era of creative mission. This requires leaders who are informed, imaginative and innovative. mission shaped intro offers first steps on that journey to which God is calling us.

Revd Peter Neilson

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