The churches of the Diocese of Edinburgh are very diverse. Over the years, we have all used a number of different resources for developing our congregational discipleship. Here is a selection of those recommended, with a comment and a suggestion of someone to go to for more information.
CPAS have created a database of discipleship material available on the web. It is searchable by subject, length of course, and content. Definitely worth a browse!
A new resource from the Church Urban Fund ‘Growing Good’ – a FREE six session course helping churches explore the connection between social action, discipleship and growth. Please let us know how you find this!
Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story – this resource enables a group to journey through the Biblical Story reflecting on Scripture and on the paintings from the National Gallery in London. There are three modules of 7 studies each – containing the picture, a reflection which can be easily adapted to the context, and questions for discussion. The modules cover: Creation to Annunciation; Life of Christ; Resurrection to Apocalypse. Has been used for a worship series as well on Zoom. Further information: St Mark’s Portobello.
‘Beyond Welcome’ – some ideas from different churches in the diocese which encourage them to fully welcome visitors into the life of the church community.
The Prayer Course: is a video based practical course (free) to deepen your church’s prayer life. It can be run for 2 or 3 people or your whole congregation and is based on The Lord’s prayer. The sessions cover – Why pray? – Adoration – Petition – Thanksgiving – Unanswered prayer – Contemplation – Listening – Spiritual warfare. This course is low-maintenance to run. It’s ideal for Zoom – screenshare the video sessions and then discuss them together. Find out more and watch the videos HERE.
The Bible Course: This course was used during lockdown on Zoom with different backgrounds and experiences. Everyone loved it and learnt from it, no matter what their knowledge. Dr Andrew Ollerton, writer and presenter, makes everything so easy for you to run the course. Next to no preparation and it just runs itself. Highly recommended, although I’ve not done it in person yet, only using Zoom. Further information: St Cuthbert’s Colinton
Spirituality … the development of our spirituality is central to our faith journey. Here we’re starting to collect resources to help us on our journey.
Please let us know of other resources that you have found good for developing disciples …