Imagine life on the frontline

Imagine … Life on the Frontline
Neil Hudson, LICC, 2012

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

We may be old or young; healthy or inform; rich or poor; employed or not. We may be busy or bored; optimistic or pessimistic; radically cutting-edge or relatively retro. Whoever we are, as Christians, we have at least one thing in common: we each have a Frontline. Your Frontline: the place where you spend much of your time. Your Frontline: the place where you meet people who don’t know Jesus. Your Frontline: the place God has called you. Your Frontline: the place of possibility and potential … what might God want to do where we are day by day? How might he use us? Neil Hudson explores these questions and more in this creative and practical group resource.

What do you get and how?

DVD and downloadable Leaders’ Guide, Participants’ Guide. 6 sessions, each including 8 minutes of DVD with a mixture of real-life stories, Bible reflections and animations. Titles: The Frontline Call, The Frontline Commission, The Frontline Community, The Frontline Concern, The Frontline Cry, The Frontline Commitment; covering what a frontline is, why it matters, what happens when it’s difficult, how church equips for it, what to do on it, how it shpaes prayer, and how to sustain whole-life discipleship together. 75-90 minutes per session.

Who is it for?

Adult, growing Christians

Cost?

£8 plus printing costs for Guides

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Excellent DVD. Clear downloadable A4 sheets for the Guides.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Very clear, both overall and within each session.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Easy to follow, clearly set out, timings given, should be a good varied pace, great questions for discussion which should encourage all to contribute. Good introductory notes encouraging leaders to keep the sessions earthed in reality.

    Who could lead it?

    Any Christian leader with some experience of group-leading to make the most of the material. But material is user-friendly so a new leader could pick it up and run with it.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Neat and accessible. These pick out the main themes of the session, and include material for between sessions, and introduction to the next one. They include simple pictures from the DVD and varied fonts. Relevant practical ‘homework' given. Space for personal notes.

    How good is any digital material?

    Really good DVD, engaging, imaginative, with mixture of real-life stories, Bible reflections and animations as well as author Neil Hudson exploring each theme.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Familiarisation with material should be straight-forward. Printing Guides. Map for first session. Exploring further resources if you have time.

    Is there website support? Links?

    LICC website has many further suggestions including books, training and consultation etc, and a commitment to providing resources for the ‘development of whole-life disciplemaking communities'. See www.licc.org.uk

    Is it dated?

    Not yet! And shouldn't be for a while.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Essentially group-discussion based, with questions throughout.

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

    Mix of DVD and Bible-reading and discussion. Friendly style. No hands-on.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Should suit many groups. Flexible format and timings. Low-literacy groups might need encouragement. ‘Normal' people examples on DVD.

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

    Mutual support and engagement with others' issues encouraged. Relevant, practical ‘homework' given.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Integral to each session, which has a relevant passage, plus others. Bible verse also included in between-session material.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Included in DVD presentation which helps to bring it to life. Group questions encourage understanding and application of passages.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Questions and themes centre around the chosen passages, linking them to everyday situations.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broad evangelical. ‘LICC exists to envision and equip Christians and their churches for whole-life missionary discipleship in the world.'

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

    Great inspiration to apply faith to life, especially in ‘frontline' but as general principle also.

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

    Practical applications for all material, both within and without the sessions. Space for prayer given.

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

    Targeted challenge to see and experience God at work in everyday life.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Good introductory notes encouraging leaders to keep the sessions earthed in reality. Gentle but real style and approach.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Essential to rationale of the course, rooted in practical expressions of love and care, with encouragement to be alive to opportunities to communicate personal faith. DVD gives accessible and realistic examples of this.

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

    See above. Encourages outward-looking attitudes. DVD gives examples. Locally-focussed.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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