Christian Basics Courses

Missional church is community where all members are involved in learning to become disciples of Jesus. But Anglicans old and new are often afraid to ask basic questions about their faith. These courses give participants the space and support to learn about Christianity and strengthen their call to follow Christ.

Christian Foundations

Written by Patrick Paulsen, Susan Bell and Judy Paulsen, Christian Foundations is a joint project between the Diocese and Wycliffe College. It’s an introduction to the good news of the gospel and an overview of the Bible, church history, key Christian beliefs and core practices of the faith.

The material is designed for people without any prior Christian education. Each module explores a different focus question, facilitated through the reading of narrative-based material and interactive exercises.

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Emmaus

A Christian basics resource written by Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, John Finney, Felicity Lawson and Robert Warren, now in its second edition.

The course is designed to help someone move from knowing nothing about the Christian faith to becoming established as a new Christian in the life of the Church. 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.

Buy the Emmaus Course

Alpha

Everybody knows about Alpha, right? Wrong. This recently refreshed Anglican resource has been used around the world for the past 27 years. Over 29 million people in 169 countries have tried Alpha, and it’s been translated into 112 different languages. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

It’s conceived of as a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all over the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes – you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

Visit the Alpha Canada website

The Youth Alpha program is also an excellent resource, as is The Marriage Course and The Parenting Course.

Pilgrim

Written by Stephen Cottrell, Steve Croft, Paula Gooder and Robert Attwell, Pilgrim is a major teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programs. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but through participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers. It includes two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses that focus on a major theme of Christian life.

Visit the Pilgrim website

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.

Visit the Education for Ministry website