Christian Basics Courses

  • Christian Foundations: This is a Canadian Anglican resource. It’s an introduction to an overview of the Bible, church history, key Christian beliefs and core practices of the faith. The material has been designed for people without any prior Christian education.
  • Emmaus: You won’t need a lot of resources to run a group: just a room, a couple of leaders and copies of the members’ handouts for each person. This is something every church can provide at least once a year for people who are interested in exploring the Christian faith.
  • (REVAMPED) Alpha: There was a major initiative with high-profile advertising in the GTA in recent years to re-launch Alpha. Everybody knows about Alpha, right? Wrong. This (recently refreshed) Anglican resource has been used around the world for the past 27 years. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
    The Youth Alpha program is also an excellent resource, as is The Marriage Course and The Parenting Course.
  • Pilgrim: Written by Bishops Stephen Cottrell and Steve Croft, and Paula Gooder (who came to our Clergy Conference in 2016), Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but in a pattern of contemplation and discussion. The Follow stage is for those very new to faith, while the Grow stage is for those who want to go further.
  • Education for Ministry: Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program offers the opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and provides the education to carry out that ministry. A theological education for the curious Christian, EfM is offered in a local group setting or online with a trained mentor. The program is four years long, but students are only committed for one year at a time. Graduates use their experiences in lay ministries within and outside a church setting. For more information, contact the diocesan coordinator at fran.richardson@sympatico.ca.