Designed to give your congregation tools to create a small-group experience where people can ask questions about the Christian faith, explore their walk with God, and form or deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian community. The 12MoreDesigned to give your congregation tools to create a small-group experience where people can ask questions about the Christian faith, explore their walk with God, and form or deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian community. The 12 sessions introduce the most basic themes of Christianity and explore the most fundamental questions of religion.View the promotional videoSession titles: So Is This All There Is?
Who is Jesus and Why Should I Care? Why Am I Not Where I Want to Be? What Hppens When I Die? Can I Trust God? How Does God Speak to Me? If I Dont Feel Lost, Why Do I Need to Be Found? Can I Start Again? How Do I Speak to God? How Can I Make a Life and Not Just a Living? Why Should I Join Any Group That Will Have Me as a Member?
Love FeastBeginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faithis a 9-12 week small-group study about basic Christian beliefs.It is intended for adults hungry for an intentional walk with God that encourages a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It targets inquirers, explorers, seekers, and new church members and is designed to begin where these adults are on their spiritual journey.In each two-hour session, participants will share a meal, watch a short video/DVD segment, develop the spiritual disciplines of Christian conversation and study of Scripture, engage in meaningful discussion and reflection, explore Christian faith and teachings, and grow in depth of experience through the small group.
_____________________________________________________The Planning KitThis kit is recommended for churches or groups who are considering, but have not yet decided to use the study. It includes everything you need to plan Beginnings for your church or group. 1 DVD with each sessions video presentation 1 Directors Manual 1 Small-Group Leaders Guide 1 Participants Guide 1 Along the Way: A Participants CompanionNeed more information?Visit www.Beginnings.Cokesbury.com where you will find free sample lessons, promotion materials, view the promotional video or purchase any of the print components online_____________________________________________________ReviewsWhile it is wonderful to explore the diversity of beliefs and expressions of faith in the many branches of the church of Jesus Christ, there comes a time when we need to return to first principles.
Beginnings is a lively and thoughtful tool that enables both Christians and non-Christians to accomplish this task, thinking about Christian faith afresh.--David Alistair Renwick, B.Sc., M.Div., Ph.D.Senior Pastor and General CustodianSecond Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KYAndy Langford and Mark Ralls and Rob Weber have put together a masterful resource for todays church trying to be effective in a postmodern world. This resource has the opportunity to engage people who are not yet part of the church in a dialogue that will truly hold their attention and point them toward Jesus Christ and his church in ways that weve never done before.--The Reverend Dr.
Mark KeyConference Director ofCongregational DevelopmentWestern North Carolina Annual ConferenceBeginnings helps congregations make new disciples of Jesus Christ. As inquirers ask their basic questions of life, Beginnings responds with sound, theological wisdom and guides them to Christ.--Carl L. Schenck, Senior PastorManchester UMC - St. Louis, MissouriBeginnings answers questions that many new Christians, as well as seasoned Christians, want to know.--Sonia Walker, small group participantAndy, Mark, and Rob have provided an exciting new resource for local churches to use to nurture seekers and new persons in faith from a Wesleyan perspective.
Beginnings is a gift to the whole church.--The Reverend Dr. Jonathan BakerAldersgate UMC - Wilmington, DelawareDiscusses basic Christian beliefs, without avoiding the tough parts. Basic but inspirational. Doesnt embarrass the non-religious participant. Inspiring to the long-time believer.--Janet Fee, small group participantThe church needs Beginnings to help us reach unchurched people. It is also an excellent tool to train current disciples.--The Reverend Oyvind HelliesenStavanger UMC NorwayI need this resource. The number of people I meet in and around the church who hunger for, but who have never had clear, basic, Christian teaching available to them, is growing.
This work makes good faith accessible without dumbing it down, without ignoring questions of the skeptic, and without overlooking that which good faith requires.--Dan Hester pastor Mt. Olivet UMC, Davidson County, NCI am a pastor in the North Texas Conference. When people started talking about Alpha, I read the materials and felt that it was not appropriate for our church on several levels.
So when I heard about Beginnings in May from a UM publishing rep, I anxiously started watching for it. Ive ordered the printed materials, read 1/3 of Along the Way and have just seen 3/4 of the videos.This is great stuff It has been what we have been looking for in an introductory course to the faith that will reach out to seekers, explorers, and our regulars. To read quotes and references to Henri Nouwen, Augustine, movie Bull Durham, and Alice in Wonderland, indicated that this would reach lots of people. I really like the sessions with Ron Weber. He is a great choice for facilitator / speaker.
Im working fast to start two groups here at WHUMC. THANKS THANKS THANKS