“Leading for a Change” is a programme to equip and empower you as a Christian to bring about positive change.
The kinds of change envisaged lie within two broad categories:
◾Change initiated together with community partners. This may have a focus on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marks of Mission;
◾Change which initiates new missional projects within the church.
The course adopts a community organising model developed by Citizens:MK within a Christian framework by which Christian beliefs, values and purposes are expressed and become drivers for change.
The course has two distinct phases: a teaching phase which takes place at the beginning of the course and an action phase which follows during which participants will take on a Change Project. This latter phase will be supported by regular action learning sets.
We launched the pilot “Leading for a Change” programme this year and we have been delighted by the feedback from the participants:
“The knowledge I have gained through this course has been invaluable and I would recommend the course to anyone who has a leadership role in church or the wider community. It has been a real joy and blessing to meet so many wonderful people on the course from different churches within MK. We have all grown in friendship and faith together.”
“I wasn’t entirely sure why God seemed to be nudging me onto the Leading for a Change Course….but I knew that it might prompt a bit of deliberate ‘God-seeking’ – which is never bad, so I signed up! The action learning sets have been a positive place to bring all sorts of leadership issues for discussion. Overall I think the course would be particularly valuable for Christians who feel on the cusp of a new ministry or have recently embarked on a new mission with God. The conversations the course prompted for me have set me off in a new direction with a greater sense of God’s heart for my community!”
“Although I was unsure why we were doing it at our age I can say that we learned a great deal. I was amazed at the insights we learned and relationships formed at the small group sessions. As Christians we do need to explore more how we can engage and have input for the Lord in our society today and this course has certainly helped to challenge and equip us to do so.”
We will be sharing more about the “Leading for a Change” programme at our Assembly next Wednesday, 29th November (7.30pm at Christ the Vine, Coffee Hall – click here for all the details) and some of our Class of 2017 will be speaking about their experience of the programme, what they have learnt and the different kinds of projects the course can lead to.
To find out more, download the “Leading for a Change” brochure from the Mission Partnership website (http://www.missionpartnership.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Leading-for-a-Change-brochure-2018.pdf).
Is God is calling you in this direction? We look forward to hearing from you!