We doubt you’re looking for another programme to add to an already overcrowded church diary. So we won’t give you one. Rather we’re inviting you to see things differently: through the lens of whole-life discipleship. Getting started on a journey towards whole-life discipleship can be surprisingly straightforward.
If you’re the kind of person who needs to see the big picture, have a read of Imagine Church or Leading a Whole-Life Disciplemaking Church. They’ll signpost a journey and rehearse some of our learning from these last years of working with different churches.
You might be looking to encourage your whole church to embrace their everyday contexts with renewed joy and hope. The Whole of Life for Christ, Life on the Frontline and Fruitfulness on the Frontline are great group resources and they’re supported with sermon ideas, prayer journeys and more. All are available in our shop.
One degree shifts.
Think of a compass. If you change direction by just one degree and walk far enough, you’ll end up in a new place. So here are some ideas to affirm your community in their Monday to Saturday lives that will make a big difference over time.
- Include a TTT slot in a service. Where will people be ‘This Time Tomorrow’, e.g. 11am on a Monday morning? What are the pressure points and kingdom priorities and how can we pray? Follow the link to the right for more detail and a video of how a group of London churches got hold of the idea and ran with it.
- Commission people – when they get a new job or retire, start coaching a football team, go to uni and so on. It’s a reminder that we’re called to different people and places and God loves to work through us there.
- Stick up a map and invite people to mark where they spend their time during the week. Add prayer points if you can.
- Or if your church has a missionary notice board add a mirror. That way everyone sees their reflection in it and is reminded they’re a missionary too.
- As a church leader, see if you can visit people on their frontlines – to learn, encourage and pray for people. Here’s a link to a group of bishops doing just that. Great for sermon prep too.
- Prayerfully reflect on where people are Monday to Saturday as you study the Bible and prepare to preach and help your community see the implications of God’s Word in their everyday contexts.