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A discipleship course for growing Christian adults. Reach Out is for groups of Christians (new and not-so-new) who’ve done an introductory course and are keen to carry on, to grow, and to learn more about their faith … Dynamic, interactive and lively … a structure course, easy to run even for those without much experience … ecumenical and adaptable.
Book, and CD with handouts and graphics. 24 session course.
Groups of adult Christians (Beginning and Growing), any denomination (though adaptation needed), anywhere (e.g. home for elderly).
£12.68 from Amazon.co.uk.
Good. Book includes all graphics, and is well set out. Don't be put off by bizarre cover graphics . . .
Simple format for each session. Each session's theme is clearly explained.
Very clear notes on preparation, with group-leading tips. Clear to follow, but must be done well in advance.
Needs enabling-style leader and two others. Include someone who can make activities work well, and someone who can work from ideas and notes rather than just verbatim where necessary.
Clear and good. Well tied in to session.
CD contains all material needed. Good quality. Thorough.
Medium to high. Team and leader preparation, activity preparation, printing, understanding concepts and how you will use them.
Main material durable. Some situation and church culture examples may need updating.
Excellent: all the time.
Good mix of all styles. Might be challenging for those used to more passive learning.
Claims to be very adaptable. Some activities might be tricky for older people, but could be adapted. Would be suitable for younger people. More Anglican-based than it thinks it is, but multi-denominational with some changes, especially regarding church culture, practices and assumptions.
Excellent. Essentially group-based and applied. Looks fun to do.
Half of each session is ‘Bible work'.
Good engagement encouraged. Increasingly thought-provoking as sessions progress. Aimed at familiarising group with the Bible. Easy answers avoided.
Biblical themes are linked in to overall themes of how the Christian life might work.
Anglican background which is dominant in places. Would need adapting for other traditions.
Good. Covers ‘Called to a relationship' (with God); ‘Exploring the relationship'; ‘Moving on in the relationship'; in 8-session blocks.
Style of sessions encourages full participation in themes. Take-home notes.
Thorough and engaging exploration of Biblically-based themes. Broad brush-strokes.
Very well. Both personal and community.
Implicit in much, and explicit focus in one session.
Part of curriculum, included in last block of sessions.
Good. Ethical dilemmas, stewardship of the world included.
One session's focus.