DOXA: A Discipleship Course
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DOXA (meaning ‘GLORY’) is an 18-week discipleship course which can be done as a whole or in sections, for example as a Lent Course or short three week Advent series. DOXA is not about teaching doctrine, rather, it invites participants to reflect upon how God is forming their discipleship as they worship. Each week focuses on a particular aspect of the Common Worship Eucharist … a new and different way of exploring discipleship.
‘Those who have some experience of Christian worship’.
Soft-backed book. Lots to read.
Good, though long, introductory section on aims and concept. Each session has specified, clear aims.
Course is clearly set out in the book, and would be easy to follow through. Timings given. Much advance reading required.
A good facilitator, rather than teacher. Good notes and reading material provided. In addition, a host is recommended. Would need enthusiastic leading to keep it lively.
All would need copies of the course book. Very clear, simple, but lots to read including recommended further reading. Very interesting, wide-ranging and thought-provoking content but word-based and appears academic.
Reading of resources required, all of which are word-based. No interactive material.
Some of the reading material is dated already as theological and practical thinking moves on.
Good. Based on sharing of thoughts and experiences. Some great questions to discuss. Includes prayer time.
Low. There is talking and sharing, but resources for the latter are all articles, books and extracts. This would be just right for some, but would not suit those who learn in a more interactive way.
See above. Lots of reading. Based on Eucharistic understanding of worship so would work best with this foundation.
Good in encouraging open discussion and honesty about one's own Christian journey, and in giving ‘homework' challenge for the next session. Not particularly applied beyond this in a community way.
Roughly a quarter of each session.
Good open questions to further engagement with the passage chosen. Theme based. Good variety.
Attempts to cover a lot of ground through the supplied reading. Trinitarian understanding of the Gospel. Good engagement with the themes.
Good in encouraging people to identify their own stories, thoughts and reactions.
Lots to think about, including perspectives from various writers.
Engages with how we live as church and the challenges of that.
Encouragement to think it through on a personal level and decide on action.
Greatest focus is on church community.
Broad inclusion plus session on how we treat creation.
Course finishes with this challenge.
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