Pilgrim Course addressing “urgent task” for the church

10th February 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has spoken about the Pilgrim Course’s growing role in bringing people to faith ahead of the formal launch of the final two new books of the Church of England’s national discipleship series, which have been published this week.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said:

“The Pilgrim Course has been used wonderfully by God both to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and to enable them to grow as his disciples. It is my prayer that the complete course will continue to be an effective tool for the Church as it seeks to fulfil, in God’s grace, the urgent task of making disciples – so that the light of Christ may shine in every corner of this land through all who follow him.” 

The books are being launched by Archbishop Justin this evening during the Church’s General Synod, on a day that sees debate about the increasing role that discipleship can play in the future growth of the Church.

The Archbishop also appears in new online videos published to complement each session, featuring in sessions talking about the Bible and the impact that it has had on his life.

The new materials, which look at The Bible and the Church and Kingdom, complete the course which has been published over the course of 18 months for use with enquirers and new Christians.

The final books see a wide range of contributions from writers including the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of York; the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker; and John Preston, the Church of England’s National Stewardship Officer. 


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Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey  is made up of two parts:

Follow introduces the Christian faith for newcomers or those exploring confirmation or affirming their faith. The full set of material for this course is now available.

Grow is designed for those who want to go further and learn more in discipleship. The material for this stage has been completed with the publication of Books 7 & 8 this month.

Billed as offering an approach of “participation, not persuasion”, Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey is published by Church House Publishing http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/ and is part of the Church of England’s focus on spiritual and numerical growth.  

The Christian discipleship course – described by The Times in August 2014 as “a skilfull blend of ancient and modern” for church congregations and groups of all traditions is the first national course commissioned by the House of Bishops. 

Each stage features four six-session books accompanied by a leader's guide, with extensive, free video and audio resources to support every session online at at www.pilgrimcourse.org Over 60,000 books have been sold since the launch of the course and there have been well over 40,000 views of the free online video and audio material that accompany them.

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