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John Proctor reported on the responses given to questionnaires distributed earlier in the meeting asking about the role and future of General Assembly. Throughout this report the numbers in brackets relate to the number of people holding the stated view.

The first question asked what was most important about General Assembly. Of the respondents, the majority (27) viewed the sense of ownership of decisions made as the most important aspect. Next, the quality of decisions made (17); an inspiring event (14) and, all three (14).

Read more: Mission Council report on the future of General Assembly

Mr Alan Yates and the Revd Kevin Watson, the moderators-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church are appealing to every congregation in the URC to participate in an Assembly display reflecting the breadth of church life across the denomination.                 

Mr Yates explains: 'We are all People of the Way and we know that local churches are creative in the ways they express their faith, worship God and engage with their communities. We want churches to shout about the good things they are doing – and so we are asking every congregation of the United Reformed Church to send us photos of the glorious variety and vitality of their church life – and we'll use the best of them in a specially-arranged display at Assembly.'

Read more: Your congregation: Moderators’ appeal for pictures

The Revd Richard Church, Ms Francis Brienen and the Revd Fiona Thomas presented Paper M1 Missional Discipleship.

The paper presents the proposals – a joint initiative of the mission and discipleship departments – as a move towards whole-life discipleship, grounded in a deep lived experience of Jesus Christ. 'It is,' said Mr Church, 'an emphasis that will inform every agenda of the church.'

Read more: Missional Discipleship: Paper M1