Monica Hill started her career as a Grammar School Teacher and following her marriage to Clifford became actively involved in community development. During their ministry in the East End of London while their children were growing up, she reopened three redundant churches rebuilding one under a Job Creation Programme with a team of long-term unemployed workers. She oversaw the renewal of the work and the buildings and then helped them to become thriving centres of community-based evangelism. This practical experience opened the doors to college lecturing in community studies, inner city issues and new initiatives in church growth.
She was a founding member of the British Church Growth Association and was its first Director, a post which she held for 23 years. During this time she founded and edited the Church Growth Digest, organised a number of conferences on topical issues, helped form the European Church Growth Association (now European Leadership Association) of which she also served a period as President, pioneered the work of Natural Church Development in this country (which developed into a new charity Healthy Church-UK) as well as developing a publishing and resource arm and establishing a substantial church growth library which is now based in Moggerhanger House. The Association also had branches for Church Planting and the Small Church Network. In 1995 the BCGA became one of the founding ministries in establishing a united base at Moggerhanger Park and was its the first resident ministry in order that Monica could oversee the development there.
When she handed on the leadership of the BCGA, she concentrated more on the other ministries at Moggerhanger which included Harvest Vision and Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust as well as the Centre for Contemporary Ministry, all of which she was a founding member. She had been the CEO Director since the inception of CCM in 1993 when it had its base In In-Service Clergy Training in Bawtry Hall and during the next sixteen years carried out many projects of transformation in the wider church and national scene. The Christian Workplace Forum was formed in 2002 making a great impact, becoming independent and moving office in 2008. In 2005, her insights in mission established The Sharing Show enabling smaller new outreaches in mission in this country to have a voice at the Christian Resources Exhibition – a venture which continues and from which a number of city and county ‘Love Initiatives’ emanated. In 2007 she co-ordinated the volunteer work of the Zong Slaveship project to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. She handed over the management of CCM to Tim Vince in December 2010 but retained coordinating the community aspect on Kingdom principles of the developing Park Farm project until the completion of the purchase in 2011.
Monica also wrote many articles published internationally on church growth issues as well as authoring a number of books both on her own and with her husband Clifford.
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