The Discipleship Course is for those who want to delve a little deeper into what it means to be a Christian.
We meet weekly, from January to December, and there are three strands which we work on through the year: Bible, doctrine, and practice.
In the Bible strand we study various parts of the Bible so that we read it with more sensitivity to the God who wrote it. In the doctrine strand we work through foundational Christian doctrines. Mostly these two strands are taught by the leaders, with plenty of discussion along the way.
The Practical Strand
The third strand is practical. The idea is that each member of the course takes on some kind of project. This might be something a person is already doing, which they want to pursue with more theological awareness. Or it might be a project some course members decide to work on together—it might have been sparked by material and discussions in the course. Each person is encouraged to work on something.
Whitehaven CAP Debt Centre is a project that began its practical life from discussions within the Discipleship Course. But not every project needs to be so ambitious! Each member is encouraged to pursue something, small or big. It needn't be connected to St John's, but it will challenge them to serve Christ.
The overall aim of the course is to equip Christians to serve their Lord in a deliberate, heartfelt and thankful way. It is led by Fergus Pearson and Nigel Gillson.
This year (2020)
Most of the 2020 course has been running on Zoom. This has not been ideal, but it has allowed us to continue the course meaningfully.
Next year (2021)
If you are wondering about joining the course for 2021, please have a word with Fergus or Nigel, or speak to someone who has done the course this year or in the past.