The ACORN method of connecting with people grew out of the Covid-19 pandemic and has been developed by Michael Harvey, Director of the National Weekend of Invitation.
Mission planning is an important tool to enable Circuits/churches to assess their abilities and fruitfulness when they plan for mission. In the Darlington District Emma Nash (Evangelism & Growth Team), Helle Sewell (District Evangelism and Community Engagement Enabler) and Fiona Fidgin (Learning Network) delivered 4 sessions over 4 weeks in May 2021. The training is aimed at Superintendents and members of local Circuit Leadership Team, although it can be equally used by a single church and a Minister responsible for the church.
Mission Marketplace is a monthly event where you can find out about missional activities in the District.
This event introduces folk in the District who run, develop and are passionate about a project, to the wider audience. They share key elements about their project and answer questions. During Covid-19 pandemic these events happened every month, online.
Transformational Leadership is a programme facilitated by the Connexional Evangelism & Growth team.
Large parts of the District is in rural areas. Rural areas are usually small but a complex mix of social types with differing values and beliefs. Villages vary by size, shape and social characteristics. There is no one rural culture. Our history has given rise to various kinds of villages. They also vary in size and proximity to the nearest town. Village shops have largely vanished, bus services are less frequent, and now even village pubs are joining the many closed village churches. Much of the change has been driven by suburbanisation as people from towns and cities have moved into the countryside.
Darlington Methodist District Office
Elm Ridge Methodist Church
Carmel Road South