We are called to live and learn in community, and we here at ChurchNext are committed to shaping and forming disciples in this way. When we launched two years ago, we did so with the aim of offering more ways for Christians and seekers to gather in community to learn, question, pray, and grow, making use of technology to enable learning in non-traditional settings. Our courses offer people time to stop, listen, think, pray, and discuss with others in their church –anytime, anywhere. Online discussions enable folks to chat whenever they wish — and from wherever they are.
And now, with ChurchNext for Groups, you’ll be able to use the rich content of our courses in small group settings. ChurchNext for Groups offers the same videos and discussion questions, but in a format that enables people to watch the videos together, on one screen, and then have in-person discussions. In this way we hope that the library of educational resources that ChurchNext offers can also meet the needs of those hungering for physical community and connection.
We are thrilled to launch the first fifteen ChurchNext for Groups courses today:
How to Pray with Christopher Martin
When We Get Angry with God with Laurie Brock
Creeds and Commitments of the Prayer Book with Jason Fout
Handling the Work-Life Balance with David Gray
Praying with Icons with Randall Warren
The Gospel of Mark with David Lose
Creating Common Good 1: Economic Inequality with Bishop Julio Murray
An American Prayer Book, A Global Prayer Book with Tom Ferguson
The Episcopal Tradition with Frank Wade
Culture and Leadership with TREC (Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church)
Mission and Leadership with TREC
Reimagining Church Leadership with TREC
How to Take a Sabbath with MaryAnn McKibben Dana
How to Simplify Your Life with Mark Scandrette
Each ChurchNext for Groups course comes with a Facilitator’s Guide and a Participant’s Guide that you can print out and use in small-group meetings, either at church, in people’s homes, wherever you’d like to meet. The Facilitator’s Guide is designed to empower lay people to lead small groups, since it doesn’t necessarily take an advanced degree or an ordination certificate to run a successful small group. Willingness to lead and learn is all that’s required.
It is our prayer that ChurchNext for Groups can help us continue to shape, teach, equip, and inspire disciples for the work of the Church. We will continue to launch courses for groups in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, visit us on Facebook and let us know what you think!
Thank you for continuing to enrich and expand these wonderful resources for spiritual development in our congregations.
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