Resources: Mission

ABC of Discipleship

This programme for use with new members, seekers, and others uses the themes of Acceptance, Belonging, Commitment and interweaves these on our journey to discipleship.

Urban Saints

For those working with children and teens. This material from Urban Saints offers themes, games, bible studies, drama, and response exercises that will give any youth group a multiplicity of content for any evening or activity.
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Worship Resources

A lectionary based resource programme from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. It is particularly useful for all age worship.

Worship Resources

Provides resources to help the whole church worship together. Includes tips for organising family services and midi files.
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Worship Resources

A lectionary based resource, connecting worship, learning and service for all ages.

Living the Question - Discipleship Courses for 2015

Living the Questions is a source of curriculum and media for both seekers and "church alumni/ae" convinced that Christianity still has relevance in the 21st Century. Providing a variety of flexible resources, Living the Questions can help people explore the future of Christianity and what a meaningful faith can look like in today's world People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer humanity. At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a "thinking" Christian and that "salvaging" Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic.

Frontline - Discipleship Courses for 2015

Frontline, produced by London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC). How can we be fruitful on our 'frontlines'? How can we show and share Christ’s wisdom and love with the people we meet out in the places we usually find ourselves – at the shops or in the gym, at work or at the school gate? This liberating resource offers a fresh, simple framework for discovering a rich variety of ways in which God may work in us and through us right where we are. Sections include: The Big Picture; Modelling Godly Character; Making Good Work; Ministering Grace & Love; Moulding Culture; Mouthpiece for Truth & Justice; Messenger of the Gospel; The Journey On. Each session includes an 8-13 minute film, a Bible study, discussion questions and a takeaway action to help connect the theme to your frontline. Shot both on location and in a studio, and accompanied by quirky animations, the films explore six dimensions of fruitfulness through biblical lenses and real-life stories.
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Mission Shaped Intro

mission shaped intro helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It takes you on a creative and reflective journey looking at the need for new ways of being church. Our world and our lives change at an ever faster pace, but how does the church respond to this change? Are new ways of being church possible? If so, what might they look like? msi has been used by over 75,000 people worldwide and is ideal for those starting from scratch or with a basic understanding of fresh expressions of church. It features six lively and interactive 120-minute sessions with creative activities, film clips, discussion, worship and prayer. Go to the fresh expressions web site and down the material.

Go for it

This material is designed to encourage congregations to develop new projects and initiatives - to literally "Go for it"

30/30 Vision - a paper by Peter Neilson

In 20111 the Rev Peter Neilson gave this paper to a Lead Academy training day and works on the model of take-teach-test moving towards take-test-trust.

Time to Grow

Mission and Discipleship and Ministries Council have produced this vision and strategy paper.

The Way Ahead: Future Focus for facilitation

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Reformed, Reforming, Emerging and Experimenting

Prof John Drane wrote in 1985 that the issues facing the Church were 1/ a Christianity that was being forced into a cultural ghetto 2/ many thousands searching for a spiritual explanation of the human situation 3/ a Church that needs to release the potential of its human resources and to help Christians discover their true ministry for which God has equipped them. Nearly twenty years later the same challenges still apply. At the 2012 General Assembly this excellent Report was commended to the Church as a seminal work in understanding the cultural issues of today and how the Church's mission can respond and adapt to these issues.

Connecting with the local Community

Why Connect locally Sharing the issues that most matter to the community Serving community needs where others aren’t able or have the capacity to provide willing volunteers Partnering individuals and other community groups to integrate the Church into the fabric of society Show God’s love to our communities in practical ways Encourage the faith in people in our communities who may share the values of the Christian faith but be on a different path of the spiritual journey to converge.

Connecting Points for Congregations

PDF Document. A guide and breakdown of what you can expect from a Connecting Points conference.

About Connecting Points

Connecting Points is a initiative of the Parish Development Committee of Hamilton Presbytery, The Church of Scotland. For further information, please contact Linda Walker.