Four online Zoom workshops about growing lifelong disciples led by Dr Craig Mitchell
Thursdays 4 & 18 August, 15 & 29 September 10.30am-12.30pm
Limit of 12 participants.
1. Leading a Community of Disciples
Growing disciples begins with leaders who live and model lifelong faith development and openness to God, and who are intentional about creating environments for nurturing faith-in-practice. How might such leadership be encouraged in congregations?
2. Cultivating the Practices of Discipleship
Discipleship is learned as it is lived. The habits or practices of discipleship are both inward and outward, expressing our relationship with God in being and doing. How might the faith life of a congregation be shaped by its participation in the habits of followers of Jesus?
3. Growing as Disciples in Mission
People grow as disciples by learning for, in and from participation in God’s mission. Discipleship is oriented towards God’s work in our world. What does this look like in the life of a congregation? How do we invite people into this dynamic process of serving and learning?
4. Fostering a Discipling Culture
Belief matters. Yet the impetus for faith formation is more relational than ideological. Growing disciples requires intentionality in fostering a faith forming, missional culture open to the Spirit. What are the marks of a church whose core praxis includes growing disciples?
Dr Craig Mitchell is Presbytery Minister – Church Development in Port Phillip East Presbytery. He was previously UCA National Director – Formation, Education and Discipleship. The sessions will draw on Craig’s doctoral research including local stories, as well as his years of experience in faith formation and education.
Craig will be providing a range of resources and tools that can be used in congregational settings for planning, as well as links to many online resources.