In this section of the website, you will find resources to help you learn about mission, including the Mission Possible Bible Study and the Reimagining Church: Shaped for Mission course.
Mission Possible Bible Study resources
Below are the resources you will need for each week of the Mission Possible Bible Study (all in PDF format):
Mission-shaped and Rural
UK author and fresh expressions practitioner, the Rev. Sally Gaze, visited Trent-Durham and York-Simcoe episcopal areas in June 2012. Sally shared the following resources you might wish to use in your parish to form small groups or cells and to begin the conversation on how to grow the church in your rural context:
Mission-shaped and Rural (notes and questions for discussion; in PDF format)
Small Group Discipleship (in PDF format)
Christian Foundations: Written by Patrick Paulsen, Susan Bell, and Judy Paulsen The Christian Foundations course is a joint project between the Diocese of Toronto 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 has been 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.
Spirit of Invitation: http://spiritofinvitation.com/media/invited_book_online_full.pdf
The resource is a free download. There is also a non-denominational version that can be shared with our other partners in ministry (also free)
We begin with the conviction that invitation is at the very heart of the Gospel – that Jesus invites each one of us to come and follow him, and being an invitational people is at the very core of our identity as Christians.
From there, we offer thoughts, images and dreams – and we hope that you’ll join the conversation. Invited is another partnership between the Diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College, written by Susan Bell and Judy Paulsen, It is a resource, intended to be used by groups and communities to help foster conversation about and exploration into the breadth and length and depth of invitation. It’s also a series of short films that seek to explore what it means to engage in genuine, Christian invitation.
A Christian basics resource written by Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, John Finney, Felicity Lawson and Robert Warren, this is now in its second edition. Included in the link is the introduction to the course and the first session. The rest can be accessed through church house publishing in the UK.
The course is designed to help someone move on 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 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 you come into contact with who are interested in exploring the Christian faith.
Everybody knows about Alpha, right? Wrong. This Anglican resource has been used around the world for the past 27 years. Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.
Developed as a short course at Holy Trinity Brompton, London, UK, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. 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.
Written by Stephen Cottrell, Steve Croft, Paula Gooder and Robert Attwell, Pilgrim is a major new 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 programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers. Pilgrim is comprised of 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 which focus on a major theme of Christian life.