Preaching God’s word is powerful and effective, and it has been part of church life for the last 2000 years.
As we pioneer churches, sites and cross cultures we want to be effective in this. The Bible tells us to rightly handle the word of truth, and in this course we explore what this looks like.
We cover the ingredients of a successful sermon, how we rightly understand a Biblical text and how we construct and deliver a talk from what we have learned.
In this course David Devenish looks at issues of healing and deliverance - including demolishing strongholds, physical healing and spiritual warfare.
The course was originally delivered as six conference messages, that we bring you here to work through with accompanying notes.
As well as sending out teams and planters to start brand new church plants, a lot of churches are also now planting new sites of their church, and it is common for churches to describe themselves as 'One Church in X Locations'. In other words they are becoming multisite churches.
With this comes big opportunities. The pace of planting has rapidly increased as sites have been pioneered. The channels of support for those leading the work are much more developed, and the ownership is shared. At the same time there are big challenges. What things should be held centrally and what should be devolved to the sites? How do you develop systems for leadership, teaching, finance and other areas of church life?
In this course we explore some of these questions to help equip you for your multisite journey.
When plant a church, you are venturing into a new world. It often means leaving behind settled routines and friendships, embracing change and it can be quite lonely. These impacts are not only felt by planter themselves but the whole family. In this course we start to unpick what church planting means for your marriage and for your kids as you step out together on this adventure with God.
Church planting can be tough, and one of the things that keeps us going through the hard times is a sense that we are doing is not merely a good human initiative, but something that God has called us to do.
In this course we explore the topic of calling, looking first at what the Bible means when it talks about calling, and then exploring how can discern whether or not we are being called to church planting and what difference this makes.
One of the first and biggest challenges faced by a church planter is gathering a team. This marks the transition from a private vision of what you think calling you to do to the start of a church being birthed. Can you find others who will buy into the vision and join you on the journey? In this course we start to look at how you build this team and what kind of people you want to recruit to it.
In March 2015, David Devenish taught a whole day on culture and contextualisation, outlining why he thinks it is essential not just for those working in international contexts, but increasingly for churches to reach the communities around us. It consists of 8 teaching sessions.
This module is focused on the key role of sending churches and the importance of sending and supporting cross cultural workers well. This module has both teaching, on the importance of pastoral support and care, as well as case studies from churches that are experienced at doing this.