Setting God’s People Free
What is SGPF?
Setting God's People Free (SGPF) is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Sunday to Saturday. Our focus is to facilitate a shift in culture, not a narrow, centrally driven strategy. The programme seeks to implement proposals from the Setting God’s People Free report presented to General Synod in 2017. These proposals seek effective ways to build up the whole people of God, with a confident faith and vision for the Kingdom of God, which is lived out in homes, schools, communities and places of work.
What do we hope to achieve?
SGPF aims to achieve two vital cultural shifts:
- We, ordained and lay, must teach and equip lay people to follow Jesus confidently in every sphere of life in ways that show the difference the Gospel makes.
- We, ordained and lay, must recognise that we are all baptised equally into Christ, that we are equal in worth and status, complementary in gifting and vocation, mutually accountable in discipleship, and equal partners in mission.
As the national Church, we are providing recourses to help local worshiping communities change their culture to better support faith in everyday life. Specifically, the Church aims to relate closely to the specific opportunities and challenges of local churches by:
- Developing a biblical vision for the role of lay people;
- Listening to lay people’s experiences;
- Equipping lay people for their Monday to Saturday frontline ministries; and
- Enhancing our gathered worship and liturgy to resource lay people for their Monday to Saturday lives.
The challenge that this culture shift presents will be met, nationally and locally, in four specific ways:
- Reforming church structures and legislation to strengthen relationships between clergy and lay people.
- Bishops integrating an interest in and a concern for lay people into personal and diocesan priorities, practices, and processes.
- Re-focussing clergy selection, training, and development to integrate a concern for the development and discipling of lay people.
- Reorienting church communications to create a balance between the historic focus on clergy and the Church as an institution and the central role of lay people in the life and mission of the Church in the world.
More details about Setting God’s People Free resources can be found on the national website here.