DOXA: A Discipleship Course
Complied by John B. Thomson, DLT, 2007

£9.95 (Approx)
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What does it say on the tin?

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.

What do you get and how?


Who is it for?

‘Those who have some experience of Christian worship’.




  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Soft-backed book. Lots to read.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Good, though long, introductory section on aims and concept. Each session has specified, clear aims.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Course is clearly set out in the book, and would be easy to follow through. Timings given. Much advance reading required.

    Who could lead it?

    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.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    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.

    How good is any digital material?


    How much prep will I have to do?

    Reading of resources required, all of which are word-based. No interactive material.

    Is there website support? Links?


    Is it dated?

    Some of the reading material is dated already as theological and practical thinking moves on.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Good. Based on sharing of thoughts and experiences. Some great questions to discuss. Includes prayer time.

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

    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.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    See above. Lots of reading. Based on Eucharistic understanding of worship so would work best with this foundation.

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

    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.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Roughly a quarter of each session.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Good open questions to further engagement with the passage chosen. Theme based. Good variety.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Always applied.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Thoroughly Anglican.

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

    Attempts to cover a lot of ground through the supplied reading. Trinitarian understanding of the Gospel. Good engagement with the themes.

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

    Good in encouraging people to identify their own stories, thoughts and reactions.

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

    Lots to think about, including perspectives from various writers.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Engages with how we live as church and the challenges of that.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Encouragement to think it through on a personal level and decide on action.

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

    Greatest focus is on church community.

    How well does it connect with the global issues?

    Broad inclusion plus session on how we treat creation.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Course finishes with this challenge.

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