New outreach role at Cromer Church
2016: Cromer Parish Church with St Martins has recruited a Head of Mission in order to reach out into and engage with the local community even more effectively.
In the summer, Cromer Church launched an exciting and bold vision for 2025: “To see hundreds of lives transformed by Jesus with a vibrant church community of 1,000 people, as we release missional disciples and intentionally invest in families, children and youth.”
At the start of September, they welcomed a new member to their staff team as part of this 2025 vision. Simon Fenn takes up a new role as ‘Head of Mission’ and with a leadership responsibility for developing the church’s mission strategy with a particular focus on families and men’s ministry.
Simon moved to North Norfolk in 2010 with his wife, Jemma, and worked for a group of churches in Sheringham, Weybourne, Holt, Briston, Blakeney and the surrounding villages, helping them develop their contact with their local communities through work with children, young people and their families.
As the Head of Mission at Cromer, Simon will start to develop the church’s mission strategy by adopting a four-part approach, namely Listen, Celebrate, Imagine and Empower:
Listen to the needs and views of the local community and congregation.
Celebrate what the church is doing well and what things could be even better.
Imagine new ways of engaging with the local community and helping people access the Christian faith.
Empower and equip all the church members to recognise and develop their God given skills and talents to help Cromer Church collectively realise its 2025 vision.
Simon said, “I’m really excited to be part of a team that isn’t scared to take risks for the Gospel and who are passionate about seeing lives transformed by the love and grace of God. I look forward to getting to know Cromer, building positive relationships with the local communities and looking for opportunities to engage with those on the margins of society and traditional church.”
Cromer Church is seeking to be a church for all – from those who appear to have everything through to those who genuinely have nothing – the aim is that they will all have their needs met, their questions answered, and their lives transformed, finding forgiveness, acceptance and a home in God’s family.
Cromer Church is based on two sites – St Peter and St Paul in the town centre, and St Martins on Mill Road in Suffield Park.
Simon can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Cromer Church Office: 01263-512000
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