To fulfill our vision we implemented a six-year strategy in January 2014 with four key themes:

1. Plant Churches

  • We believe a healthy church is a growing church and that as we continue to grow, we want to plant. We believe that we will grow as we plant, not plant because we are growing.

By the end of 2018 we had:

  • Planted 2 churches: Mustard Seed Edinburgh & All Souls Fife. (read more about these on our Church Plants Page)

2. Develop Pathways for Spiritual Formation

  • We want to enable people to become "whole-life disciples" of Christ

  • We want our members to be in Connect groups, or a group appropriate to their age (for children and youth)

  • A range of courses will equip members of different ages and stages. We will identify a pathway and related courses for each age and stage

  • We will develop a mentoring programme

  • Each year our programme will include opportunities for people at different stages of life to hear the gospel

By the end of 2018 we had:

  • Over 20 Connect Groups meeting across the city and beyond.

  • Run several courses including: Transforming Work, the Network Course, CAP Money, Relationship Central's Marriage and Parenting Courses, and Alpha

  • Started a Mentoring Scheme with regular retreats

  • Bounce, Jump, Powerpoint and other opportunities which offer children and young people the chance to share their faith with friends

3. Establish a Social Transformation Ministry

  • We want to provide an appropriate service, develop relationships with the vulnerable, and partner with existing agencies and charities.

  • We will celebrate the work being done by church members through paid and voluntary positions in social transformation.

  • We will develop strategic relationships with partner organisations, including Bethany, Edinburgh City Mission, Streetreads, The Salvation Army, SERVE, and Street Pastors.

By the end of 2018 we had:

  • Developed Soul Food, a community where each week we feed 100 people who are marginalised, homeless or lonely.

  • Continued our Babies & Toddlers group every Thursday

  • Continued to encourage church members who serve alongside other churches staffing the Care Van and Night Shelter.

  • Supported church members involved in socials services, the NHS, Police, and other bodies in "seeking the prosperity of the city".

4. Establish a Theological Training Centre

  • We will engage with the Diocese, with the leaders of other churches and with education providers to realise our vision for a new Theological Training Centre

  • The centre will offer a range of training options including mixed-mode training

  • We want to train and equip younger ordinands, mission-minded leaders and worship leaders

  • The centre will help us think through being whole-life disciples

By the end of 2018 we had:

  • continued to offer School of Theology. Over 350 people have been through the courses so far, using material from St Mellitus, Regent's College Vancouver and elsewhere

  • Worked with the SEC to develop a mixed-mode pathway for ordination training that will start in September 2018

  • Encouraged and supported church members who feel called to ordained ministry