Our ‘Transform’ Vision

Our vision for Transform is:

To create a Resource Church Network: one church with three locations

To bring afresh the knowledge and love of Jesus to Warrington, Widnes and St Helens;

To help transform the culture of the towns towards Kingdom values.


Transform North West is about creating a movement at the heart of three great towns. A movement that is willing to try new things that will help people discover God and to serve. We want to see lives transformed, communities renewed and bring together inspiring people with a heart to love and serve our towns.

Jesus taught his disciples and sent them out to share good news. We want to do the same.

We are looking for worshippers who enjoy spending time giving their best to God. We want to build strong friendship where everyone has a place and can give of their best. Where we can belong.

We are committed to transforming lives, communities, empowering God’s people to reach out. We are starting at three great church buildings at the heart of St Helens, Warrington and Widnes, which will also be transformed, making them welcoming spaces for everyone.

“… our model of a networked Resource Church with three sites will be able to demonstrate economies of scale and efficiency in creating this new model of church development”

We will know we have succeeded when Transform has spread out across the region planting new congregations and supporting existing churches.

We want to help other towns across the country like us as we learn how to make a Resource Church model work.




Here in the Diocese of Liverpool we are asking God for a bigger church so that we can make a bigger difference, and we say: “more people knowing Jesus, more justice in the world”.

We are wholly committed to the aims and thrust of Renewal and Reform as a primary vehicle for delivering our purpose.

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With a population of 177,000, St Helens is a former coal-mining and glassmaking (Pilkingtons) town. Beechams also had its home in the town. The industrial base has all but gone and the town has been developing its new identity. Continue reading “ST HELENS”


Formerly a manufacturing/engineering town and also a military base until the end of national service, Warrington is designated a new town and now has the third fastest growing economy in the country. The town is situated at the heart of a regional motorway network, which has been a key factor in making Warrington an important distribution hub, readily accessible to the wider catchment via excellent road connections, two train stations and an extensive bus network. Major employers in scientific and technical sectors have led to significant employment and thousands of new-build new houses.

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Once a national centre for the chemical industry, Widnes has a population of 60,000 which is pretty static and largely white. There are rural areas of affluence but the urban centre is significantly deprived. Central and South Widnes are particularly marked by poor health and poverty. For example, you are more likely to die prematurely of cancer in Widnes than in any other part of the country; 1 in 6 are depressed and the number of hospitalisations due to mental illness are the highest in the UK. Continue reading “WIDNES”