Directions is an exciting new course for lay people wishing to discover and grow in the ministry and calling that God has given them.
The bible tells us that the church has people with ministries to equip God’s people for works of service (Ephesians 4:12). 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 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.
Click here to read an interview with Directions Co-ordinator Debbie Ellison.
Term 1: Autumn 2013 - Called for a Purpose
What do we mean by the church and the kingdom of God?
Term 2: Spring 2014 - Called: who, why and how?
An exploration of our gifts and our ministry, the pressures and privileges of ministry and the vital place of prayer.
Term 3: Summer 2014 - Called to be sent together
Here we look at the importance of mission, how churches grow and how we can share our faith.
Directions is based on a course that has already been running with great success for many years in the dioceses of Chester, Carlisle and Manchester.