Network: The right people, in the right places, for the right reasons, at the right time
Bruce Bugbee, Don Cousins, Zondervan, 1994, 2005.

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Network revised is a dynamic six session process to help Christians understand who God has uniquely made them to be and guide them to a place of meaningful service in the local church. Revised and updated, the enormously popular Network approach has been refined for even greater effectiveness and ease of use. Participants also are taught the biblical nature and purpose of the church as the body of Christ and the important of each member’s unique contribution.

What do you get and how?

The network participant’s guide is for your personal journey through Network’s Discovery sessions. It contains all the notes and assessments you will need to identify the three elements of  your unique Servant Profile: Spiritual Gifts (“what” you’re equipped to do to serve competently), Personal Style (“how” you can best serve authentically), and Ministry Passion (“where” you’re motivated to serve enthusiastically). You will also better understand God’s design for the church and your role within it.

The DVD contains six video segments and vision and coaching material and runs for 55 mins.

Who is it for?

Network works with any size group, from small groups of 4 to 12 to large groups of 15 to 150. The six Network sessions can be presented successfully in three flexible formats: three sessions of two hours each; six sessions of forty-five minutes each; or one- two- or three-day retreats.

Cost?

Leader’s guide £23.99

Participant’s guide £6.99

DVD £29.99

CD rom £28.99

What you do best in the body of Christ book £6.99

Discover your spiritual gifts the network way book £4.50

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    A substantial course presentation that leads the group carefully through the biblical material and motivation for learning about and identifying each member's spiritual gifts, styles and passions. Comprehensive.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Overviews provided of whole course, plus each session. Very clear.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Substantial A5 book with glossy cover. Short introduction with information about using the material, timings, and rationale. Session notes, icons and material are presented on the left page of each two-page spread; Participant's guide shown on the right page for reference. Materials' checklist provided. Looks a bit daunting but is actually step by step leading through the session and easy to follow. Powerpoints and DVDs accompany each session. Very thorough. Motivational. Appendices include forms to identify gifts, styles and passions, from a variety of angles. Conversations with each group member are envisaged to carefully identify gifts and enable use of them. Further reading recommended especially Bugbee's books What you do best in the body of Christ and Discover your spiritual gifts the network way.

    Who could lead it?

    Designed for any leader who can handle the material (interweaving powerpoints and videos etc), as can be run as written. A small team would be best to lead this, including a mixture of enthusiasm and a methodical approach. There is a lot to engage with quite carefully and thoroughly. Leader would need to be convinced of the value of the course and be prepared to keep the pace going. They would also need to be prepared to engage with the ongoing implications of encouraging use of gifts, and finding/being a coach for individuals. This would all be worth the energy – as over a million people have found already.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Thorough A5 paperback with all necessary material from the course, well set out and accessible. Spaces for responses and helpful formats for discovering one's spiritual gifts, styles and passions. Step by step material. Motivational. Further reading recommended especially Bugbee's books What you do best in the body of Christ and Discover your spiritual gifts the network way.

    How good is any digital material?

    USA in feel. Good illustrations of the points.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Deciding how to use the course, whether in small group, or whole church; which format etc. It is recommended that each session is rehearsed by the leader beforehand, to include media and timing preparation. Material can be used as written, or used as a resource for the leaders' own presentation. Some statements need to be read verbatim to match with participant's guide. Materials' checklist provided. Then thinking through ongoing implications, and arranging coaching appointments for each individual.

    Is there website support? Links?

    N/A

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Very good mix of interaction, plus the theological conviction that interdependence is key to the good working of the spiritual gifts in the church community.

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

    Course includes as fundamental: ‘individual and group activities, DVDs and assessments … integrated to be instructionally sound with proven adult learning practices … do not cut down or cut out these critical processing times for the participant.' Interactive elements should ensure good learning. Mix of input, discussion, DVD clips, powerpoints, group and individual work.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Very varied learning programme. An American production so some DVD scenes look and sound very reflective of the USA rather than elsewhere. This also appears in the DVD clip of a ‘coaching conversation', where a large USA church background is assumed. But the principles remain, even if the style is unfamiliar. Attempts to sidestep denominational assumptions about spiritual gifts and deal directly with biblical material. Based on conviction that spiritual gifts (all 23) are given to us for others; to glorify God and edify others.

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

    As above, the material is specifically designed for maximum learning and transformational opportunities.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Two biblical passages are identified at the start of each session.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Material revolves around the biblical input, and, while exploring the theme, constantly refers back to it.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Very good and thorough exploration of biblical texts. Focus is on positive, corporate-based use of gifts for the common good. Structured ways of discovering these are all from everyday life.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Attempts to sidestep denominational assumptions about spiritual gifts and deal directly with biblical material. Based on conviction that spiritual gifts (all 23) are given to us for others; to glorify God and edify others.

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

    Interactive elements help group members to engage with both the biblical material and who God has made them – with the aim of setting them in ‘the right place, for the right reasons, at the right time' for happy and effective serving ministry.

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

    Focus on loving and careful identification of gifts, styles and passions for each person, in order that they may experience the goodness and joy of serving God at their best. Non-prescriptive but enabling.

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

    Theological background spells out that we are all designed differently for a purpose, and gifted for the same.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Totally rooted in reality, and everyday life, with the small rider that this is set in the USA (where everyone has nice teeth, smart clothes and nearby pie shops). But situations represented would be easy to relate to for most people.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Evangelism is the focus of the example used in the DVD clip. So as well as identifying gifts, evangelism is also modelled.

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

    All gifts are seen as designed for the common good, within both church and community.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    This may be an outworking of use of gifting, but is not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    This may be an outworking of use of gifting, but is not a focus.

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