How ReSource formed…
Commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2004, the roots of ReSource are in Anglican Renewal Ministries, founded in 1982 to help churches and people embrace the newness of life always available to us through God’s Holy Spirit; and Springboard, an initiative of the Archbishops created in 1992 to encourage, renew and mobilise
the Church for evangelism. ReSource’s strapline is “Renewal for mission in the power of the Holy Spirit”. It works around this country and beyond from a small base in Somerset with a core team of five, and a grouping of eighty scattered practitioners. The website www.resource-arm.net gives all the details, as well as stories and comments.
Although ReSource has an Anglican distinctive it works with all Churches, traditions and denominations of the Christian Church and at all levels, from the very local to the area, diocesan, national and international. It has a particular heart for the little, the local and the ordinary, as evidenced by a recent work with a small Deanery in a deprived part of a Northern city. In the words of the Deanery Missioner, “Quite often the North is forgotten, and estates and inner-city areas, represented by the group that you spoke to, are so often side-lined. Your message - that many had never heard before - brought hope into an area where people needed most to hear the good news of God’s presence”.
What ReSource provides…
Locally ReSource offers church renewal weekends, parish missions and evangelism, training for the healing ministry, clergy mentoring and support, church consultancy, quiet days and prayer schools. In Deaneries and clusters it provides Church Council days and evenings, clergy and other leadership retreats, day Conferences and support for Mission partnerships and local ministry teams, speakers for major Conferences, seminars and Theological Colleges, and leaders for clergy ministerial development. It prints and distributes resource materials, from books such as Alison Morgan’s “The Word on the Wind” to evangelism and discipleship courses, training materials for the healing ministry, booklets on fasting, prayer, renewal and others, and an Office book for Mission. ReSource provides a crucial combination of written materials and local training and support.
Rooted in Jesus
One project of ReSource in Africa and the wider Anglican Communion is “Rooted in Jesus”, which offers discipleship training and support tailored to the receiving diocese and area – see www.rootedinjesus.net. ReSource sends teams from the UK and from within Africa into (currently) ten different countries working in 27 languages. There are at present some 60,000 people working in ReSource/Rooted in Jesus groups in Central and East Africa, often linked with a UK diocese or church.
The Archbishop of York has said, “It is imperative that the Church regains her vision and confidence in mission, developing ways that will enable it to connect imaginatively”. ReSource passionately believes this, and carries a vision to help build a Church which is diverse, local, confident, renewed in the Spirit and effective in mission.
Martin Cavender, Director, ReSource
The Archbishop of York has been Patron of ReSource since 2006.