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Not just another management tool

THROUGH a process of reflecting and praying together, sharing their experiences, learning about their communities, and honestly evaluating their congregational life, churches up and down the country are being encouraged and inspired.

Future Focus sessions

From the Northern Isles to Dumfries and Galloway, from Benbecula to Aberdeenshire, in small villages and large cities, congregations have found a resource called Future Focus to be of significant benefit. It is a process of envisioning and refocusing.

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