About HeartEdge

We set up HeartEdge to expand the imagination of a church captivated by scarcity. HeartEdge is about church becoming fully alive. It seeks to transform church and society through commerce, culture, compassion and congregational life.

HeartEdge does that through:

Transforming Practice

  • Encouraging, fostering, training practitioners in imaginative and holistic approaches to mission.

  • Through training, education, consultancy, peer support, signposting and examples.

Transforming Discourse

  • Coining new language and engaging topical issues through the lens of God’s abundance.

  • Through seminars, summer schools, events and conferences live and online.

Transformative Programmes

  • Offering tested ‘products’ that practitioners can swiftly implement.

  • Through cultivating and promoting specific mission initiatives that can be adapted for local use.

Story So Far:

Phase One, from Feb 2017 to Feb 2020, saw HeartEdge concentrate on growing the movement through face-to-face introductory days around the UK and establishing hub churches; and promoting the 4Cs through consultancy days, the Sheppard Scholar scheme, the mailer and special days on individual Cs. In addition, HeartEdge launched the Manchester hub and St Martin’s participated in the Resource Church Initiative.

In January 2020 HeartEdge identified its four core objectives: Cultivating Good Examples; Training and Supporting Leaders; Equipping, Encouraging and Energising Churches; and Fostering Good Practice.

Phase Two, from March 2020 to March 2022 saw HeartEdge concentrate on offering the Living God’s Future Now festival: zoom seminars that advanced these four objectives. Online activity hugely increased awareness of and participation in HeartEdge. Case Histories was published, the first Mission Summer School was held, and the four consultants began their work.

An ecumenical network, HeartEdge brings together people to share ideas and experience, do theology and develop their church and community. We are developing in the UK, US, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

HeartEdge is about churches developing four Cs:

  • Commerce: Generating finance via enterprise, creatively extending mission.

  • Culture: Art, music, performance re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present.

  • Congregation: Inclusive liturgy, worship and common life.

  • Compassion: Empowering congregations to address social need.

We support churches in reimagining themselves and society. This is about churches engaging in commerce, culture, compassion or congregational life – our 4 Cs – investing in two, three or all four at the same time. We work with churches moving beyond conventional notions of church, being open to partnership  and collaboration with others in the wider world.


What we do

HeartEdge is focused on sharing; connecting; consultancy and development. We share ideas, news and stories via a monthly email and this website.

We build connections via local and national events and consultancy days. We facilitate this with a network of HeartEdge partners – people and churches, experts by experience, offering mentoring and support.

We work with churches to identify gaps in resource, supporting development and new ways of working.


Collective

HeartEdge host events and gatherings where practitioners - volunteers and workers from churches and organisations - share stories, experience, ideas and resources. We focus on assets and obstacles. Not a talk-shop, we are experts by experience, reflecting on our work. We are a growing collective of people finding ways to share together and grow renewal.

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Stories are important. Find out how our members use knowledge from HeartEdge to develop their work here.

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