Nurture, Discipleship and Vocation
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19)
In From Anecdote to Evidence two thirds of churches that said they offered encouragement and support through specified disipleship courses showed growth. (p11)
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. Two major new resources since MAP 1 are:
St Peter's College & 'DiscipleKit'
Church Pastoral Aid Society has also launched 'Disciplekit' an online fully searchable directory of resources. Access the main search page here
The Parish Support Team hosted a day to explore "Growing a Discipleship Culture", one of the key areas revealed in the Mission Actions Plan returns.
The following nutrure courses are listed in alphabetical order, not as any indication of preference or price.
Alpha - A well-known 10 week course from Holy Trinity Brompton. Used by many churches. Features include eating together and time away together. You can find out much more about Alpha on their website: www.alpha.org
The Christianity Explored course gives you time and space to think through who Jesus is and why it matters. It is a 7-week course exploring the gospel of Mark. You can find out much more about Christianity Explored on their website: http://www.christianityexplored.org/
The Discipleship Explored course is an 8-week course based on Philippians which follows on from the Christianity Explored course. You can order this course from Christian bookshops or online stores.
The Emmaus course is a series of course materials which are seen as a journey in 3 stages, contact, nurture and growth. It was first published in 1998 and was written by the same people who have produced Pilgrim, including Bishop Steven Croft.
Moving On! Is a discipleship course produced by the Leading Your Church Into Growth team. There are seven sessions and like the Start! course it makes use of DVD clips followed by time to talk, listen and ask questions. You can find out more from their website: http://www.leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk/courses/the-moving-on-course
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England written by some of the same people who wrote Emmaus including our Bishop, Steven Croft. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day. Much more information about Pilgrim can be found on their website: www.pilgrimcourse.org
This course assumes no previous knowledge of the Christian Faith. It makes use of DVD clips, time to chat, simple discussion activities and space for reflection. - 1- Life is for living, 2- Oh my God! 3- Jesus who? 4- What's gone wrong, 5- Dying to save us 6- Into the arms of love. You can learn much more about Start! From their website: http://www.leadingyourchurchintogrowth.org.uk/courses/the-start-course
The Why Course (http://www.ctsbooks.org/why-course-book-1/) offers a course from a more Catholic perspective. Further useful resources can be found at the Evangelism website (http://www.evangelium.co.uk/) and Fan the Flame (http://fantheflameweek.weebly.com), the latter offering a way for congregations to rekindle their faith through a week of teaching and renewal. There is also a wide range of resources on the Walsingham website (www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/welcome/index.htm)
FESTIVAL OF PRAYER: The Diocesan Development Day titled A Festival of Prayer provided some helpful resources. You can discover them by following this link Development Day The webpage includes video of Rowan Williams' Keynote Address and Bishop Steven's Closing Address.
EVANGELISM: There are ideas to help you develop your evangelism and outreach on the Evangelism, Outreach and Growth page of this website.
CURSILLO: The small group structure of Cursillo is the thing that really lights the touch paper and gets people engaged in mission. If you would like to know more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Cursillo starts with an introductory weekend.
As people grow in their discipleship some people become aware that God might be calling them to serve him in a special way as a lay or ordained minister. There is more information on this Vocations page of the website.
A selection of feedback from churches that attended the Discipleship Culture Day:
'So helpful to have the space to be intentional about what we do, and to plan'
'I appreciated the focused sessions with lots of examples of how different church leaders do their discipling, and for their honesty about the process / their journey in this particular area.'
'A great springboard event that concentrated our minds on what we need to be doing and how we could do it.'
'Really good to be able to discuss issues with those from other parishes - more networking please!'
Need help or advice? Contact Lucy Nunn by email Lucy.Nunn@sheffield.anglican.org or telephone 01709 309135.