In 2011, inspired by Jesus’ teaching on the ‘Kingdom of God’ (which is bigger than the church), and recognising our need to reach out into the community, BGBC agreed to the creation of ‘PODs’ or ‘Pockets of Disciples’. PODs have a missional focus: they seek to engage the local community in common activities and interests, and to reach out to meet areas of need, rather than waiting for our neighbours to come to us.
We agreed to ‘release’ some members of our congregation from fortnightly Sunday services. Instead, on those weeks, these members were encouraged to ‘do church differently’ by using their energies to start PODs. Over the last 4 years a number of PODs, covering a whole range of interests, have been created. Some have become strong communities of fellowship, some have adapted and changed over time, and some are still in their infancy.
The leadership at BGBC felt that it would be useful to conduct a review of the work of our PODs. Stuart Murray-Williams has kindly agreed to carry out this review on behalf of the BGBC Trustees. This will consist of a questionnaire (available to for anyone to complete) and a series of face-to-face meetings. Following these, Stuart will present his findings to the Trustees in the first part of 2016. The Trustees will then, in turn, present Stuart’s finding to the church.
We would like this review to be as inclusive as possible. Therefore we invite anyone from the BGBC congregation to share their thoughts on PODs by completing the short questionnaire below.
Please note, you will be required to provide a valid name and email address in order to submit your questionnaire. All questionnaires must be received by 31st December 2015.
Thank you very much for your help and support – we look forward to receiving your questionnaire.