Confidence, relationships and hospitality

The impact of the Growing Good Toolkit

Since the Growing Good Toolkit was launched in October 2021, it has been accessed by over 1,600 people from churches of different contexts, sizes, and denominations.

Our evaluation report highlights how the Toolkit is helping churches to grow in confidence, relationships and hospitality.

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The evaluation indicates that the Growing Good Toolkit is helping churches to grow in knowledge of their local communities, in confidence in their mission as a church, and in relationships with local people and institutions.

Participants consistently report that the toolkit materials are flexible, engaging, and easy to use within small groups or larger services.

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Evaluation report snapshot

View the headlines and key findings from the evaluation report on this one page summary.

Find out about the feedback and impact that the course is having on churches that have use it.

“It’s really adaptable to your own place and situation.”

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Using Growing Good in North London

The team at Church on the Corner were looking for free resources that could give them a language around church growth and help them build a framework to support their next step as a church. Growing Good provided an opportunity to be reflective and honest and to paint a picture of how they wanted to grow.

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Using Growing Good in East Yorkshire

Prompted by the Growing Good Toolkit to consider specific needs in their community around connection and isolation, St Peter’s Church in Wawne started a monthly pop-up café. Café guests have formed new friendships which have strengthened community and alleviated loneliness. There is now a greater awareness of the presence of the church in the community.

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Using Growing Good in East London

Reverend Dan Scott used Growing Good with a group from Christchurch Three Mills in East London. The group found it encouraging to hear the stories of other churches that were doing simple things to connect with their community and connect their community to faith. Out of the course emerged a deeper desire to listen to their community.

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Using Growing Good in rural Somerset

Reverend Eleanor King used the Growing Good Toolkit with a group from one of the churches in the Quantock benefice in rural Somerset. They found the course was a good conversation starter that helped them identify the gifts within the group. This led to an action plan with fresh ideas for bringing the community together and welcoming visitors and families.

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Biblically rooted and enabling participation

Right Reverend Lynne Cullens responds to the evaluation report:

Growing Good is biblically rooted and enabling of the gifts and participation of all, as well as being supportive of churches’ vision to think longer-term, with a confidence that their trajectory is both practically informed and prayerfully discerned.

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Accessible and adaptable

Hannah Rich, author of the GRA:CE research report responds to the evaluation:

As the GRA:CE research reflected something of every local church experience, the Growing Good course has continued in this spirit of being accessible to churches of all shapes and sizes and adaptable to their particular situation.

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