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Messy Discipleship with Martyn Payne

Posted on Thursday 12 October 2017
What does your discipleship journey look like? In true Messy Church style, we answered this question using pipe cleaners before taking the opportunity to discuss why we had portrayed our journey in such a way. Forty people from across the Cambridgeshire Messy Churches met at St James Hemingford Grey to reflect together on what Messy Discipleship might look like in their local context and to consider how they might further develop the faith journey in those coming to Messy Churches.

Martyn helped us to think through some if the issues of how we might see the Discipleship journey and also to reflect on some of the particular issues those offering Messy Churches face. In so doing he quoted from Bishop Paul Butler who suggested that ‘Of course you realise Messy Church needs to reinvent Discipleship?’ to address the issues pertinent to our Messy Churches.

Martyn’s thoughts were offered in the light of visits to over 200 Messy Churches over the past few years. He suggested two ways of looking at the discipleship journey, as well as emphasising the necessity of developing meaningful relationships; that Messy Church teams are disciples themselves and that they offer practical support to families’ faith development at home.