Missionally Engaging in your Local Community – 8 Session On Line Course – Created and facilitated by Ali Boulton
Exploring theology, practice and transformation
Or for more details: please contact Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org
An 8 session course about missionally engaging in our community – loving the community, making disciples, birthing contextually relevant church.
Theology, Practice and Transformation (of ourselves and our community) are three key principles of the course.
This course is not about being given all the answers! Neither is it a simple blueprint for community engagement and making disciples/birthing church. It is about unpacking some theology and exploring what God might be leading you to do and be in your context. It is about having an openness to be transformed by God ourselves as we pray for God’s kingdom to come in our communities.
The course can be either tailored specifically for a new housing context or general incarnational community engagement.
Session 1 – Introduction Why Underlying Principles?
A Character First, Values Led Approach. Putting the why before the what.
Session 2 – Blessing Unconditionally
‘I will bless you… and you will be a blessing’ Exploring a theology of blessing and mediating God’s blessing
Session 3 – Living Incarnationally
‘The Word became Flesh’ Embodying Christ practically and spiritually in our community
Session 4 – Listening to God and the Community
How can we find out what the Spirt is doing and join in?
Session 5 – Being Friends
‘Jesus said I call you friends’ – Having the posture of a servant not a master
Session 6 – Laying Down our Lives
‘Whoever want to be my disciple must…take up their cross.’ Embracing the call to discipleship, and disciple making. Living it out authentically (Identifying and living out your DNA)
Session 7 – Laying Down our Agenda for Church
What might a contextually relevant church be like?
Session 8 – Keeping on Going
Personal/Team resilience and sustainability, On-going spiritual sustainability, succession planning
The cost of the course on Zoom is £10 per session, per person – thus £80 per person in total – although please do get in touch with Ruth at email@example.com if this presents an issue.
Proposed dates for 2021
Day: 8 x Wednesday (usually fortnightly)
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Course 1 – 6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb (half-term), 3 Mar, 17 Mar, 31 Mar (break for Easter), 21 Apr
Course 2 – 8 Sept, 22 Sept, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov, 1 Dec (note one-week gap), 8 Dec
Putting it into practice…
In between session each team or individual will be encouraged to seek to embody the learning practically in their context or work out how they will do that in the future. This will be part of the peer group sharing and prayer.
Peer Groups are essentially an opportunity to have time and share encouragements and challenges; listen to God together; pray for the community you are engaging with – and to pray for one another as you step out in faith. You will be encouraged to meet with a peer group – either your team or a group you develop from the course.
Course Creator and Facilitator
Rev Alison Boulton
Practitioner, Consultant, Researcher – New Housing Engagement
New Housing Hub Director
BUGB Pioneer Ambassador
The New Housing Hub – Working together to share God’s love in EVERY new community