Mixed Ecology

‘Mixed ecology’ is a key strategic priority in the Church of England’s ten-year vision. What does this mean?

Mixed ecology is a description of the Church where new communities of faith complement existing churches in their diocese or region. This could include churches on social housing estates, for specific language groups or completely new pioneering contexts alongside parish churches.

It is about parishes revitalised for mission … we will develop pathways around where people are — home, work, school, leisure. We want more church, not less — the ministry of the whole people of God - we need to look like the communities we serve.

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell

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CCX helps diocesan and regional leaders to develop strategies for planting and growing churches at scale. We enable strategic planners to plant churches that are diverse in context, model and leadership, complementing existing churches in their region.

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Mixed Ecology Legalities

One aspect of church planting that requires particular thought in the Church of England is the legalities. This might include permission to plant where there is already another parish church using a Bishop’s Mission Order or setting up a charity with a separate bank account.

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Pioneering is part of the mix

Pioneering is a key part of the mixed ecology model. Giving space for people to try new things in new place or do things in a new way.

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Fresh Expressions

A mixed ecology model includes FX, a movement which develops church for our changing culture, primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members

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