How do you personally approach the task of making disciples? Perhaps you find that just trying to consistently follow Jesus in the day to day is more challenging than you thought it would be. When you hear the word “church” what do you think of first? Do you ever read the Bible and feel like it’s not really speaking to you in your situation? Is there something missing in your life of faith?
Almost a year ago we set out to revamp our church planting residency in order to create a broader leadership development platform so that everyone in the church could benefit, not just those called to plant and pastor new churches. We began developing the Leaders: program around a three-tiered structure:
- The Basic Course – How to live out our faith
- The Leadership Course – How to lead others to live out their faith
- The Advanced Course – How to lead leaders to lead others to live out their faith
We are excited to announce that we have just published the Leaders: Basic Course book and so the Basic Course, the first level of our training, is now open for enrolment. This self-paced course is designed for everyone, to help build a solid foundation, and it is a requirement for anyone who is serving in leadership or training at the advanced levels. It includes personal coaching and is set in the context of living life in a missional community.
Some of our city groups have already begun using the new resource and others will follow in the coming weeks as students return and as we launch a series of new initiatives for the fall. The Leadership Course and its corresponding course book will be available for those who complete the Basic Course. Our goal through these courses is to provide a seamless pathway toward mission and leadership that is adapted for everyone, from new believers to those training to be pastors and church planters. The same gospel DNA is found throughout!
While we can’t provide the missional community context or coaching for those of you who don’t live near us, you can get a very good idea of what’s involved by working through the Basic Course book in your own context. We are using this tool to sow seeds of the gospel and mission in other places here in Quebec also. If you are interested in experiencing something like this for yourself or if you’d like to make it available for someone else that you know would benefit from it, you can learn more by visiting our Resources page.
As you are reading this, the Basic Course book is being translated into French. We are still looking for funds to support the translation of this book and those for the other courses as well. Would you consider making a special investment in our French speaking brothers and sisters by giving toward this translation project? You can do so via our invest page.