Directions is not a Christian basics course. It is a course for those who want to discern God’s calling on their life and to be equipped for the ministry he has for them. Over 18 sessions Directions offers teaching, group discussions, personal reflection and focused exploration.
This is not just about ordination! Directions is for those whose ministry might be:-
in our place of work or leisure and in our families
service in our local community through a church ministry or as a volunteer with community groups
a role in our church - pastoral visitor, worship leader, children’s ministry, church warden - and more
a calling to the ordained ministry
a licensed lay ministry such as Reader or Church Army.
Directions applies biblical and Christian teaching to how we live and minister in the world and members will need experience of Christian life and a little familiarity with the Bible. Sessions include worship, a lively presentation and small group discussions to help participants get to grips with the content.
There are no essays or assessed work but participants will be expected to do about an hour's work a week and some related work over the Christmas and Spring Breaks.
Directions makes a difference as many of the forty people who have completed the course will testify. The proof of the pudding is in the eating: five reader and two ordination candidates, two new parish pastoral workers and three new children’s workers in parish while two more are serving as their church-school link officer.
to read Joyce’s story
to read an interview with Directions Co-ordinator Debbie Ellison.
The next course starts: Thursday 6th November at 7.15-9.30pm
St Luke’s, Crosby.