Empowerment and Involvement
There are different kinds of gift but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work (1 Cor 12:4-6)
In From Anecdote to Evidence research shows that lay invlovement and good quality lay leadership is linked to growth. (p10)
This page offers you a range of resources to help you with questions covered in this section of the Mission Action Planning tool. Some are within our own diocesan website but we have also included links to good outside sources. As we become aware of other useful materials, we will update this page.
St Peter's College, the diocesan learning community for mission and ministry is home to news about all manner of training opportunities for both lay and ordained people.
The Parish Support Team ran a taster training day on Growing Lay Leaders. You can access more details and listen to the keynote talk here.
Many parachurch organisations and training institutions also run courses that can empower Lay people in their ministries.
- The Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) produce a number of resources to help with church leadership including :
- Growing Leaders as a course which helps identify and grow Lay leaders in a church.
- Mentoring Matters is an easy-to-use pack with eveything you need to start a church-based mentoring network: indentifying, equpping and resourcing members.
- Lead On is a monthly church leadership email that CPAS produce.
- The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (www.licc.org.uk) aims to equip Christians for whole-life discipleship in the world. In particular this includes the workplace, the 'frontline' for much of the week for many church members (see their Work Forum section).
- Carlisle Diocese has developed some useful materials to help people to identify their gifts. This is known as the SHAPE course: www.carlislediocese.org.uk/our-faith/courses/shape-course-exploring-gifts.html and they can also be downloaded from http://arankcentre.org/yourshape.
Some people have been asking about resources for those running small groups. Resources on the Internet seem generally to be relatively old or come from quite large churches in the USA (such as Saddleback) that make them harder to apply in our context. Cell UK has some material. There is a new resource produced by Emmaus that might be of help, see: www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9780715144725/emmaus-leading-an-emmaus-group
Don't forget the resources centre: www.sheffield.anglican.org/diocesan-resources-centre
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