Grassroots School of Ministry 2017-2018
Seminar 1: The Authority of Scripture
Friday Evening (6.00pm) September 29 – Saturday Night (7.00pm) September 30.
What makes the Bible Holy? What about scriptures from non-Christian faith traditions? Why are scriptural stories still relevant today? Join in this two-day workshop on the authority of scripture. Participants will study, eat together, listen to inspiring scriptures, talk together in small groups, and journal. We will learn about the nature of inspiration, how the Bible was collected, and why we treat the scriptures as our final authority for God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.
Seminar 2: Christian Praying
Friday Evening (6.00pm) November 24 – Saturday Night (7.00pm) November 25
Why do we pray? How is prayer linked with faith? What are the big obstacles that cause us to forsake praying? Join in this two-day workshop on forming a life of prayer. Participants will study, eat together, pray together, talk together in small groups, and journal. We will learn about the history of prayer from ancient times, how the Psalms and Christian prayer tradition relate with other prayer traditions, and think through our own life of prayer.
Seminar 3: Christian Marriage
Friday Evening (6.00pm) March 2 – Saturday Night (7.00pm) March 3.
Seminar 4: Sabbath and Rest
Friday Evening (6.00pm) May 18 – Saturday Night (7.00pm) May 19
School of Ministry 2018-2019
You are invited to enrol in the 2018-2019 inaugural class of the Grassroots School of Ministry, a two-year course in mastering the way of self-less love. Year One aligns students with God’s heart for their personal life of devotion and Year Two aligns students with God’s heart for their public life of devotion. Designed with three tracks – three different levels of time commitment – the School of Ministry matures faith, hope, and love, teaches how to dismantle hostility with the heart of Jesus, and trains ministers for success in the Grassroots movement.
To enrol, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Year One: Faith, Hope, and Love
With focus on Resurrection and Love, the first year student will learn what it means to be absorbed in the school of discipleship. Students will learn to encounter Jesus, discover how certain spiritual rhythms shape the Christian heart, and study the foundational concepts of Christianity, inspiration, incarnation, and new creation. We will:
- immerse students in the biblical story, sampling how to be devoted to study and prayer.
- train students to worship, find spiritual-friendships, practice financial stewardship, connect with creation, read scriptures and the Christian masters, journal, and restore life’s broken situations.
- guide students in local service.
For students who cannot commit to the tri-weekly sessions, various weekend seminars will offer windows into the formation of faith, hope, and love.
Also, in addition to experiencing the year-one curriculum, those on the more intensive intern track will learn about preaching and teaching, vision casting, leading people in mission, biblical exegesis, and studying Greek for the devotional life.
Year Two: Social Presence
With a continued focus on Resurrection and Love, the second year student will be immersed in the literature of Christian community development, learning to find roofs for vulnerable people and dissolve hostility wherever they find it. We will:
- encounter the Samaritan heart, a combination of compassion, justice, peaceability, mercy, reverence – for the uniqueness of everyone they encounter– , evoking the best in people, and the willingness to work across community boundaries.
- equip students to express justice and beauty and embrace rest.
- encourage students to help lead the GR community in acts of local service.
For students who cannot commit to the bi-weekly sessions, various weekend seminars will offer windows into the formation of social presence.
Also, in addition to experiencing the year-two curriculum, those on the intern track will learn about spiritual direction, justice and reconciliation, the contemplative life, caring for people who have been traumatized, and studying Hebrew for the devotional life.
To enrol, email email@example.com.