DiscipleKit: Discipleship resources reviewed by CPAS

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CPAS have designed a new tool called DiscipleKit; an easy-to-use website bringing together the latest discipleship resources in one place.

They say:

“We are really excited to welcome you to DiscipleKit. We hope you enjoy looking around the site, and discovering some great resources to energise your journey of discipleship. Every resource has the information you need, a link through to obtain it, and an extensive review which will help you choose the one you want.

We are beginning with a focus on resources for small groups for Adults, Youth and Children – for those who are Enquiring about Christianity, Beginning the Christian journey, or Growing along the way. But we have great plans for the site, which include resources for individuals, and additional themed resources such as those for marriage, parenting and seniors. We would love your feedback and suggestions, so do join our DiscipleKit community and tell us what you would like to see included.”

Click here to enter the site.

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New staff for the School of Mission

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We are delighted that Mark Collinson will be joining us on 1 September as the Canon Principal of the School of Mission.  Mark will lead the team of advisers in developing Christian discipleship among adults, youth and children and in this new role, Mark will promote community engagement and help foster a culture of mission throughout the Diocese.
As a Residentiary Canon of Winchester Cathedral, Mark will be a member of Chapter and will, therefore, be involved in the Cathedral’s governance, worship and work, helping to strengthen existing links between the Cathedral and the Diocese and opening up new opportunities for partnership in mission. You can read more of Mark’s story by clicking here.

We also hope to welcome the new Youth Adviser in September – watch this space for an announcement!

Prayer Spaces in Schools day conferences 2015

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Who are the day conferences for?

The Prayer Spaces in Schools Day Conferences are for everyone. And this year, they’re going to be better than ever. They’re for those who are just starting out and want to know how to take the first steps towards their first prayer space. And they’re for those who have run dozens of prayer spaces and want to take things further. They’re for those who want to swap creative ideas, those who want to find new friends and collaborators, and they’re for those who want to explore the purpose and ongoing impact of prayer spaces more deeply.

Basically, if you’re interested or involved in running prayer spaces in schools in any way, these Day Conferences are for you.

This year’s conferences take place as follows:

NORTH: Saturday 26th September, 10.30am-5pm
St George’s Conference Centre in LEEDS.
Cost £20

SOUTH: Saturday 3rd October, 10.30am-5pm
St Paul’s Shadwell in LONDON.

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Connected – children’s group materials

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Elaine Webster has experience as a youth and children’s worker of many years standing, and she’s written a curriculum for churches to use on Sunday or mid-week for discipleship with children and teens.

Connected will help children and young people develop hearts that are connected to God, each other and the community around them. They will explore who God is, their identity in Him and develop a relationship with a living God who loves and treasures them. Connected covers what it means to be powerful and free, how to develop two way conversation with God, healing, compassion, generosity, risk and much more.

What’s included?

There are 14 flexible sessions in every term, designed to be delivered straight off the page. There are teaching notes to help you and your teams develop new skills and letters for parents so they can continue faith development at home. It includes an all age worship sessions for every term and social ideas so that your young people have the opportunity to grow in community and build relationships.

Once you sign up for a term or a year, you’ll also have access to an online feedback centre so you can let Elaine and others know how you get on with a particular session. They also want to know what God did in your session, what you learned or adapted so that they can share that blessing with future users.

Click here to access sample packs.

4 Secrets to Relationship Building with Children–and Parents!

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Mimi Bullock writes:

Ecclesiastes says, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” How true is that when it comes to raising Christian children? Parents could do it on their own but what if they had dedicated ministers on their side? It’s a possibility and all you need to do is build those relationships. So what are some secrets to relationship building? How can you create stronger ties with parents and grandparents?

1. Be present. I’ve learned that just saying, “Call me if you need me,” won’t help me build relationships. I had to learn to be present. Go to the birthday parties. Visit kids in the hospital. Go to the ball park to see them play! Be a part of their life. That’s crucial to relationship-building.

2. Be available. Once parents begin to depend on you for advice/help/encouragement, be available for an unscheduled coffee or a meeting. Answer your phone and be available!

3. Be consistent. Consistency is the most important part of building relationships with kids and parents. Everyone needs a vacation but largely you have to be consistent. That means consistent with your availability and with what you have to offer. For example, if you offer in-office counseling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, do your best not to change that to Mondays and Fridays. Be the rock of consistency in a family’s life. I know, it takes dedication but it’s worth it.

4. Be a friend. If you want to build relationships with people, you have to be willing to enlarge your circle of friends. Be a friend.

Other Tips That Help Build Relationships

Let the parents set the pace. You can’t force a friendship and in some cases, you might not be welcome. It takes two to build a relationship.

Don’t make judgements about lifestyle. You’ll find that some parents swear, smoke and maybe even dress in appropriately. You have to see past that and be a good influence. Don’t judge, don’t correct. Be a friend. People have to want to change.

Read more from Mimi by following her blog at Tools for Kids Church.

Stretching Your Thinking About Ministry With Families – 7 Must Read Articles

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Dave Roberts of the Aim Lower Journal gathers 7 key articles into this guide to recent thinking on ministry with families:

  • Three Models for Intergenerational Faith Formation
  • The Family Matters Series
  • What is the Context of Biblical Discipleship?
  • Grandparents and Faith Formation
  • Intergenerational – It needs to be more than a program, it needs to be a culture
  • Adoption Doesn’t Fix Kids
  • Snowballing Culture – Creating a church with an intergenerational culture

You can access the articles here.

There is no Plan B – why the church must help children disciple other children

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An article from Aim Lower Journal:

At the 4/14 Global Summit in New York in 2010, Reverend C.B. Samuel of India indicated that our Christian teens are in need of ideals—a cause worth living for and dying for—but the church is giving them more and more entertainment instead. What is the real solution?

This article draws from There is no Plan B – a document sponsored by the 4-14 movement and Compassion International (click to access your FREE copy)

Erikson’s Theory of Psychological Development postulates a significant shift in development when one reaches adolescence (11-18 years old). Preceding adolescence, development depends on what is done to a person; at adolescence, development depends primarily upon what a person does. At this stage, adolescents begin to develop strong affiliation and devotion to ideals, causes and friends.

Recent Barna Group research on reasons why young Christians leave church focused on those who were regular churchgoers during their early teens and explored their reasons for disconnection from church life after age 15. The research revealed that the number one reason our youth leave church is because “churches seem overprotective.”

At the 4/14 Global Summit in New York in 2010, Reverend C.B. Samuel of India indicated that our Christian teens are in need of ideals—a cause worth living for and dying for—but the church is giving them more and more entertainment instead. Churches thought that teens left the church because of the Xbox and the varied entertainment available to them, so, to compete, more resources were invested on entertainment only to discover that the exodus continued. What children and youth need is a personal connection with high ideals, causes and worthy challenges; to be a force they believe can change the world.

Just recently, Catholic Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña of San Juan, Philippines, urged children and youth to actively participate in the missionary endeavors of the church:
You young people and children have the energy, enthusiasm, courage and the ability to take the risk to step forward and say, ‘we want to be in that boat also; we want to be with Jesus and respond to the challenge of mission,’ said de la Peña, who is also chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Mission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The prelate also told the youth that as the future of the nation, this is the right time for them to take the opportunity to engage actively in the mission of the Church. (CBCP News, Monday, February 11, 2013)379.

You can read the whole article here.