Everyday faith - Resources

National Church Resources

Everyday Faith – Church of England Homepage

An introduction to Everyday Faith with links to stories, resources and personal discipleship journey.

https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/everyday-faith
https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/everyday-faith-portal

Church Support Hub

Lots of help on becoming an Everyday Faith church.

https://www.churchsupporthub.org/everyday-church/

Including ‘8 Shifts’ or simple approaches to begin to embed Everyday Faith in the culture of your church.

https://www.churchsupporthub.org/downloads/eight-shifts-for-churches.php

Calling All God's People (booklet)

A theological reflection on the whole church serving God's mission

(Church House Publishing, 2019)

https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9781781401637/calling-all-gods-people

 

Small Group Resources

Fruitfulness on the Frontline

Delve into the rich ways God works in and through us right where we are through this book, discussion guide, DVD, prayer cards, and other resources for small groups including a version designed for use with children and youth. From The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC). 

https://www.licc.org.uk/ourresources/fruitfulness

The whole of life for Christ - Enriching everyday discipleship (Book)

Antony Billington and Mark Green. (IVP 2016)

A bible study resource for groups or individuals in 7 parts exploring how we can live out the truth that the gospel is an invitation to whole-life discipleship and into a life following and imitating Jesus.

Life Calling: A 5-Session Course on Vocation for Lent (Book)

Robert Warren, Kate Bruce. (Church House Publishing, 2016)

Countering the thinking that ‘vocation’ is just for special people, this short course explores the meaning of vocation for everyone, as God calls us to live our lives shaped and directed by his call. Print on demand copies from Church House Publishing, or second-hand copies widely available.

https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9780715147474/life-calling

 

Worship Resources

Frontline Sundays – Five Service Plans

LICC (2019)  Book, videos, sermon notes, presentation slides, packs of physical resources and all you need to plan five Sunday services on themes of Everyday Faith. 

https://licc.org.uk/ourresources/frontlinesundays/

Whole Life Worship (Book)

Sam and Sara Hargreaves (IVP, 2017).

This book provides biblically grounded practical ideas and resources to help churches connect Sunday to the rest of the week through their worship. The book draws on examples and stories from various church traditions, to demonstrate how different kinds of Christian spirituality engage worshipfully with everyday life, and our gathered worship can have a more outward dimension.

Gathered to be Sent: Worship that Connects with Everyday Faith (Book)

Andy Stinson (Grove Booklets, 2019)

Practical suggestions and liturgy for how we can connect the gathering and dismissal parts of our corporate worship with the rhythms and patterns of everyday faith.

Setting God’s People Free – A Missional Eucharist (PDF)

Liturgy for a Celebration of Holy Communion on the theme of Mission compiled by Andy Stinson with material from Common Worship resources and original material by Andy Stinson.

https://d3hgrlq6yacptf.cloudfront.net/5f20800211eb6/content/pages/documents/1563524930.pdf

 

Books

Scattered and Gathered – Equipping Disciples for the Frontline.

Neil Hudson (IVP, 2019)

This is a book that is based on the latest of LICC's thinking and methods of supporting churches with their practice of ministry. Each chapter will help church leaders to move past good intentions into knowing how the practices of their church will lead to the development of confident front-line-focused everyday disciples.

Fruitfulness on the Frontline: Making a Difference Where You Are

Mark Greene (IVP, 2014).

Aimed and individuals and small groups, in this horizon-expanding, spirit-lifting book Mark Greene serves up a liberating view of how God can and does work through us in our daily lives. Whether you are a student or retired, at the gym or at work, at the school gate or in the supermarket, here is a fresh framework for being a fruitful follower of Jesus on your frontline. With many real-life stories which spark the imagination.

Imagine Church: Releasing Whole Life Disciples

Neil Hudson (IVP, 2012).

Aimed more at church leaders this book gives guidance, resources, real-life stories and practical examples to help bring about culture change in the local church, by equipping disciples to live out their faith in the realities of the day-to-day world.

Leading a Whole-Life Disciplemaking Church

Tracy Cotterell and Neil Hudson (Grove Leadership Series, 2012).

Covers similar ground to the ‘Imagine Church’ book in a shorter format.

Whole Life Whole Bible – 50 Readings on Living the Light of Scripture

Antony Billington (BRF, 2012).

A personal daily bible study and prayer resource with 50 readings and reflections that fuel our imaginations to take the Lord of life into the whole of life. The questions provided help us think about how we fashion our daily life as we live in God's world, in the light of God's word, wherever we are.

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (2012)

Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples (2015)

Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World (2017)

Sherry A. Weddell (Our Sunday Visitor Inc., U.S.)

A series of books from the Catholic perspective to help parishes transform into lively, faithful centres of apostolic outreach, with communities of intentional disciples making a difference in the world.

Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call

Edward Hahnenberg (2010 Liturgical Press)

This book traces the history of Catholic reflection on vocation opening up new ways of imagining discipleship and discernment within our diverse and yet deeply divided world.

 

Preaching Materials

Sermon Outlines based on “Fruitfulness on the Frontline” - (PDFs):

Fruitfulness on the Frontline | Central Texts

Follow the main biblical passages used in the small group course.

https://www.licc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Central-Texts-Sermon-Outlines.pdf

Fruitfulness at Colossae

Sermon notes based on the book of Colossians.

https://www.licc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Colossians-Sermon-Outlines.pdf

Fruitfulness in Scripture

Sermon notes exploring the theme of fruitfulness in the big story of Scripture.

https://www.licc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fruitfulness-Sermon-Outlines.pdf

 

Courses and Training Events

Cursillo

Cursillo is a long-established method to help people grow and share their faith. It has a particular focus on encouraging the whole people of God to live as effective disciples in everyday life, including the workplace, the home and their neighbourhood. Christians from across different church traditions in this diocese have benefited from Cursillo, including those for whom the sacraments are central to their Christian life. There are residential weekends in the diocese each May and October, or else those interested could engage with Cursillo via local discipleship groups. For more information, see www.chestercursillo.org.uk

An introductory video about Cursillo can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BVFe9VJgeI

 

Helpful Websites

London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

The LICC website has good resources at including articles and videos, on church and work and engaging with contemporary culture.

https://www.licc.org.uk/resources

The Theology of Work Project

Based in North America, this is an interdenominational project encouraging Christians to engage effectively with the world of work:

www.theologyofwork.org

 

 

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