A number of ideas about how to “do church differently” will go before an expert panel hoping to win funding.
The Dragons’ Den-style competition comes in response to a request across the Diocese of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly asking people to look for ways to “do church differently in a rapidly evolving world”.
Forty initial entries have been whittled down to six, with the winner to be crowned on Sunday February 23 at Mylor Theatre at Truro College.
Several smaller ideas are also vying for lesser amounts of funding.
Running the rule over the presentations will be chairman The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, Daphne Skinnard, from BBC Radio Cornwall, Catherine Mead, from Lynher Dairies, Ian Jones, from Volunteer Cornwall, and the Dean of Exeter, The Very Reverend Jonathan Draper.
The finalists are:
• a community shop operating in a church
• a project to help churches, particularly small and rural churches, realise the potential of what’s available from a range of modern and emerging technologies
• a project that supports health, well-being and personal growth based around gardening and associated activities
• a project for young people to develop ways of establishing local ‘missional’ communities or clubs based on creative activity and technology
• a project using a bus to reach rural communities
• a youth project leader to work with local organisations and agencies towards the well-being of a younger generation and to create a youth club.