We’re lining up next year’s ReSource weekends [that is thinking in school/academic years]. We have four booked. If you have not come across ReSource before it’s a course we have been running for several years. It’s based on the idea that it is better to immerse yourself in a mission context and see and hear what is happening and meet the people taking part than it is to learn about it in a classroom from a distance. The weekends are designed so that if you attend all four it has a coherence and a flow and you will cover issues in mission, culture, church, leadership, team and transformation. But equally we have designed it so each weekend does work on its own. We have actually significantly reduced the price to do all four to tempt you in to doing the whole year! The price for individual weekends is the same as last year. Students on the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training are encouraged to do four weekends as part of their learning.
The four weekends are :
- in Bradford on Small Missional communities
- in London on Mission Arts and Culture
- in Kingston on Mission at the Margins
- in Manchester on Transforming Communities
[Note: the Kingston weekend date is yet to be finalised though it will in Jan/Feb 2012]
Here’s a quote from Tim who did the course last year if you want a verdict from the inside…
I stumbled across the ReSource course via Jonny Baker’s blog, and was encouraged by my church’s leadership team to give it a go. I can’t tell you how many training weekends and conferences I’ve been sent on that have either left me cold or very frustrated, so I wasn’t all that excited about this one. It turns out though that ReSource was just the right course at just the right time! ReSource is an excellent mix of insightful and engaging teaching, passionate storytelling, relaxed conversation, inspiring visits to a variety of projects and communities, and the space to develop friendships and connect with God. In short, unlike all the other courses I’d been on, ReSource didn’t just talk about the emerging church, it demonstrated it. ReSource answered many of the questions that I had been struggling with, and left me with many questions I hadn’t previously been asking! But the main thing I took away was the feeling that I wasn’t alone, that there are many other people out there on a similar journey. That gave me a great deal of confidence, and I finished the course feeling like I had permission to experiment, take risks, and follow the Spirit wherever he might lead. So I’m quite sure that ReSource will have a profound and ongoing impact on the development of the work I’m doing with un-churched young adults in my local community.