Christian Basics Courses

  • Emmaus:  You won’t need a lot of resources in order to run a group: just a room, a couple of leaders and copies of the members’ handouts for each person. It is something every church can provide at least once a year for people who are interested in exploring the Christian faith.
  • (REVAMPED) Alpha:  There is a major initiative starting in the GTA this year to re-launch Alpha across the city with some high profile advertising. You might want to consider launching this in the fall as people will have seen the advertising by then.
    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 really quite good and an excellent resource for Confirmation classes, 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), Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the C of E and takes a different approach. 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, and 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, visit the EfM Canada website or contact the diocesan coordinator at