Puzzling Questions: A six-week course to explore life’s deeper issues
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The Puzzling Questions course is for those whose frame of reference simply doesn’t include anything about the Bible or the Christian faith. It provides a space where our friends can take time to explore some of life’s deeper questions, discover the issues that really concern them, develop their own spiritual vocabulary and connect with others who are on a spiritual journey too.
A4 Leader’s Guide, including CD with publicity material; DVD with input for sessions (30 minutes each); participant’s Workbook; accompanying optional book How can I be happy? Topics include:
Beyond the fringe enquirers. Pre-Alpha. Adult.
Complete pack including publicity material and 10 workbooks is £99.00. Also available separately.
Great production, good quality books and DVD.
Very clear, including much background material on reasons for the course.
Clear, large format. Comprehensive discussion on contemporary understanding of culture and popular spirituality, how people become Christians, and the consequent reasons for course approach: aimed at those who are beyond the fringe of church contact. Course information begins half way through the guide and includes everything from how to use to food suggestions and further resources. Session notes brief as based on DVD. Talk notes on CD as an option.
A relatively confident leader or team
A5 book contains stories from the DVD, discussion questions, plus pages for personal journaling, with biblical suggestions. Lots of imaginative material.
Comprehensive. DVD: Accessible and well-produced videos, including street interviews, poetry, music and penetrating interviews around the topics. CD: talks, powerpoints, questions if this option is preferred.
Lots to read/watch. Much thoughtful preparation material is provided, and decisions and choices need to be made about how and what to use. Team training is suggested, with material given, and backup and training via the website offered.
See above: smart motivational website with sample videos, further resources and contact details. Training events offered.
Not yet. Approach, topics and interviewees should be spot on for a good while.
Essential. Welcoming atmosphere encouraged, and question-based discussion groups in response to input.
Really good mix of discussion, watching, listening etc depending on how you choose to use the material provided. Main interviews on DVD are excellent but may be a little long for some attention spans (average 20 minutes).
Should suit a wide variety of adults, and suggestions are given for adapting to services, home groups etc. Material available in a range of formats, so very adaptable.
Question-based discussion groups every session. Workbooks give lots of input and suggestions for individual use, which can then be discussed in group sessions. Creative suggestions for beginning ‘spiritual exercises' included.
Most biblical material is in the workbook, with a biblical story for consideration, and a section which aims to enable journaling/devotional reflections on life and the possibility of God.
Basic encouragement to read suggested passage and interact with it.
Direct encouragement to connect biblical material with own lives.
Baptist partnership and Bible Society have produced this. But this does what it says on the tin, and the material sticks to being accessible to non-churched people, with no obvious bias.
This is introductory material which aims to connect with questions non-churched people are asking. See above for topics.
Aims to provide a safe space to ask big questions. Material is very accepting and non-judgemental.
Introduces Christian concepts with gentleness, clarity and imagination.
All the ‘puzzling questions' are based on real life issues.
This course won't work unless Christians invite people.
Not a focus, except for inviting folk.
The focus on suffering in session 5 engages helpfully with this.
Not a focus.