What is Jesus Shaped People

Want to motivate your whole church for mission and service?

Jesus Shaped People is a comprehensive and all-embracing programme, with resources for adults, children and young people. It can benefit a wide spectrum of churches, particularly those set in social housing estate communities. An introductory summary leaflet is available here.

Jesus Shaped People builds on five key priorities in the life and ministry of Jesus:

New JSP Web Site

  • Posted on: 15 October 2019
  • By: James

Welcome to the new Jesus Shaped People web site.

If you're an existing user, hopefully you saw the e-mails letting you know the change was coming, and you got your new account activated before the changeover. At first glance, there's not a lot different about the site, or how it's organised. But this was about changing the way the site works behind the scenes, to lay the foundations for the future of JSP.

Team Leader/s* Recruitment

  • Posted on: 11 September 2019
  • By: James

(Applications are invited from both part-time and full-time candidates)

Jesus Shaped People has been steadily growing across the UK, and is enabling many churches, especially those that serve socially disadvantaged areas, to enjoy fresh spiritual renewal and missional effectiveness.

JSP Trustees are looking to recruit a JSP Team Leader(s) to oversee and facilitate further growth and development.

Pentecost Heralds New JSP Leadership Plan After Funding Boost

  • Posted on: 24 June 2019
  • By: Gordon

July will see the launch of a recruitment process for new JSP leadership. Over the past two years JSP Trustees have worked, and prayed—with many others, for the financial resources to enable the formation of a JSP Central Core Team that will strengthen the capacity of JSP to respond to ever growing interest and adoption by churches. We have been greatly encouraged by the generous giving of individuals and churches that have been blessed by JSP, and the continued growth of such donations will be essential for JSP’s long-term sustainability.

Moving On: JSP’s 1st National Conference at The Briery in Ilkley

  • Posted on: 25 April 2019
  • By: Gordon
Delegates at the 2019 JSP Moving On Conference

We didn’t sing On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at (even though for some it was their first visit to Ilkley) and there wasn’t much time for wandering about on the Moor. But we had a very special time together that added much to JSP foundations for ensuring healthy future growth. The Briery was a fantastic location. We were well loved and prayed for, and we had a fine group of 23 people from eight dioceses—including two non-Anglicans who more than held their own!

JSP in Wilsden, West Yorkshire

  • Posted on: 5 March 2019
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of a group from Wilsden Trinity Church getting involved in JSP

Happy Jesus Shaped People? Bible study group more than double the size before JSP (many ‘camera shy’—so not on our photo!). But don't assume that everything is hunky dory. We are a Yorkshire village church, so no leaping around with excitement at the thought of yet another discipleship course! If we as a church were a disciple, we might be Thomas, stood with hands on hips questioning not, 'I won't believe it till I see the wounds' but certainly, 'What do we need to this for? Have we been doing it wrong all these years?'

JSP in Wakefield

  • Posted on: 12 February 2019
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Gordon Dey presenting JSP at St. George's, Lupset

A great time was had by all who attended the Jesus Shaped People taster session on Saturday 9th February, at St. George's Church, Lupset in Wakefield where Gordon Dey led a stimulating and encouraging presentation of the JSP whole-church discipleship programme. Revd Martine Crabtree opened the morning by leading us in Morning Prayer. Gordon then introduced JSP and shared some encouraging stories from his time in ministry and the journey that has led him to develop the JSP programme.

JSP's Future Development

  • Posted on: 6 February 2019
  • By: Gordon

JSP is developing in a way that encourages churches to support one another in their adoption of JSP. Such a process requires that our ‘Central Core Team’ is small and flexible as it responds to fresh opportunities and challenges.

New Resource: Team Building

  • Posted on: 5 February 2019
  • By: Gordon

JSP identifies ‘Five Priorities’ that sum up the ministry of Jesus, and these are explored by churches that adopt JSP. Afterwards many churches find the need to focus more intentionally on one of these, so resources to enable this are steadily growing. In addition to ‘Puzzles of the Kingdom’ that unlocks the parabolic nature of Jesus’ teaching ministry, ‘Team Building’ has recently been developed to help church members discover and use their God given gifts, and to do so as part of the Body of Christ.

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