Mission: Learn

In this section of the website, you’ll 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’ll need for each week of the Mission Possible Bible Study (all in PDF format):

Mission-shaped and Rural

The Rev. Sally Gaze, a UK author and fresh expressions practitioner, visited the Trent-Durham and York-Simcoe episcopal areas in June 2012. She 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; PDF)

Small Group Discipleship (PDF)

Christian Foundations

Written by Patrick Paulsen, Susan Bell and Judy Paulsen, Christian Foundations 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 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.

Sample session

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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 that 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 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’s 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.

Emmaus

https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/uploads/documents/0715149946.pdf

A Christian basics resource written by Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, John Finney, Felicity Lawson and Robert Warren, now in its second edition. The above link includes 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 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. It’s 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.

Alpha

https://www.alphacanada.org/

Everybody knows about Alpha, right? Wrong. This 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.

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 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.

Pilgrim

http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/the-course

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 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 which focus on a major theme of Christian life.