Blowing your cover: Christianity … living it, sharing it
Mike Sprenger, Kevin Higham. Monarch, 2006

£27.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Blowing Your Cover is more than just a 6 session evangelism training tool; it is a couse that helps to shape people’s thinking about who they are in Christ and how they share their faith. The course focuses on the uniqueness of each individual and how their story can transform the culture around them. It explores the Father heart of God through the Gospel and equips Christians to share this life changing messgage with their family and friends; whilst releasing them to be all God meant them to be.

The course has run in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.

Current self-published version from website www.blowingyourcover.com.

What do you get and how?

A4 Leader’s Guide and training videos, large A5 member’s Workbook. From www.blowingyourcover.com. More details there too. Worldwide availability subject to Amazon delivery. Local training for potential leaders also available. Leader’s Guide and workbooks are available next day via Amazon Prime. 14 videos available via QR codes.

Who is it for?

Whole church programme for adults.

Cost?

£20.00 for Leader’s Guide, £7 per Workbook, videos free for individual use or £24.99 for a church broadcast licence.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Attractively produced books and videos, exceptionally clearly laid out.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Super clear, both for leaders and participants.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Extremely clear and easy to use, while leaving room for putting in one's own ‘flavour'. Icons plus highlighted teaching material. Instructions also carefully crafted. Further reading suggestions included.

    Who could lead it?

    ‘A small team of gifted trainers' is recommended. Thorough training DVD provided, and training events are available.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Clear, attractive, thorough, with space for responses.

    How good is any digital material?

    Engaging, varied and imaginative videos, which are essential parts of the sessions. Encouraging testimonials on the website, and easy access to ordering materials. Instructions for use spelled out.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    As this is a whole church course, leadership, team and church preparation is essential. Full guidance and inspiration given about how to do this. Additional training available through blowingyourcover.com.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Encouraging testimonials on the website, and easy access to ordering materials.

    Is it dated?

    Shouldn't date quickly – and would be easy to adapt, adding in contemporary examples. Principles will last.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Extremely well, as recommended setup is for small groups, frequently involved together in response to material.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Good mix of watching, discussing, listening, applying and personalising. No activities as such.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    If your church wants its members to learn how to tell others about Jesus from a realistic basis of love and compassion, this course should suit a wide range of situations. Being used around the globe.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Learning is group-based, and application between sessions is encouraged.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Around a third, depending on session.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Clear, logical progressions, aimed at provoking responses in participants, both in terms of their own spiritual lives, and their engagement with evangelism.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Realistic about the blocks to and misconceptions about relating evangelism to everyday life. Suggests practical ways forward.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Course is based on the implications of an evangelical approach to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Compassion and love are the motivators for a new way of seeing ‘evangelism'.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Clear presentations of the Gospel and reliance on the Holy Spirit are given as essential for personal growth, both in confidence and outreach.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Helpful emphasis on ‘watch what God will do', and a glass half-full approach to evangelism in the UK.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Centred on learning how to make all of life an expression of Christian identity.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    It is all about this, of course. Very practical, affirming, and encouraging of people to find their own styles. Thorough and creative ‘thinking through' of all the issues involved.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Emphasis on local church ‘going' to where people are, in appropriate and sensitive ways.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Course is being used in other countries.

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