Resources for lay ministry development across the Diocese.
Suggestions for resources for Lay Ministry Development can be emailed to the Rev’d Julie Worrall, Coordinator of Lay Ministry Development in the Diocese at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further resources, check out the St Barnabas College website.
Resources are divided into the following sections to make it a little easier to find what you are looking for. Please send suggestions on how we can improve these descriptions.
- Time Sensitive Events
- Gift-based Ministry
- Spirituality in Everyday life
- Church Structures & Governance
- Small Groups
- Evangelism & Mission
- Church Health and Growth
Tools for upcoming time sensitive events
National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June 2022
Toolkit from www.commongrace.org.au
Developed by Aboriginal Christian Leaders, the National Reconciliation Week Church Resources Toolkit will equip your church or faith community to acknowledge and hear from Aboriginal peoples in your church service, and empower your church community to listen, learn, and love in action. This toolkit includes materials for worship, prayer, Bible readings, Acknowledgement of Country, action steps, and a recorded conversation featuring Aboriginal Christian Leaders.
As a first step, we recommend you download and read the Service Outline. This document, as well as all the toolkit resources including readings, video links and everything else you will need, are compiled in a Google Drive folder.
Thy Kingdom Come – 26 May to 5 June 2022
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an annual international and ecumenical call to prayer from Ascension until Pentecost. Full details here.
Season of Creation – 1 September to 4 October
Each year the Christian family unites for this worldwide celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. This year’s theme is Listen to the Voice of Creation. Resources include worship, prayer and celebration ideas as well as suggestions to promote engagement and advocacy within your local community.
Gift Based Ministry
Personal Enrichment Places for further study
St Barnabas College offer limited Personal Enrichment Places (PEPs) in its entry level classes for those who want to learn more about their faith but don’t want to enrol in a degree. PEPs are about learning for its own sake – you will not be awarded any certification. These subjects are degree level but not assessed. The PEP subjects cost $120 per subject. To see the subjects available, click here.
Kingdom Calling: The Vocation, Ministry and Discipleship of the Whole People of God. A compelling theological grounding for the vocation, ministry and discipleship of the whole people of God. Building creatively on previous studies, it challenges all of us to change so that the whole church can serve the whole mission of God in the whole of life. Full details here.
Spirituality in Everyday Life
Everyday Faith is about where and how we encounter God as we go about our lives. Where is God during our daily lives? How do we find God in the fullness of everyday life? The Church of England has some excellent resources here as well as the following links:
Everyday Stories (short videos)
The Daily Prayer movement has resources for praying online: each morning or evening, right now or for a range of occasions. Full details here.
Our Diocese has some resources for prayer including a cycle of prayer for the international, national and Adelaide church. Full details here.
Church Structures and Governance
Learning Communities, The Revd Dr John Littleton
Looking for Diocesan Resources… don’t forget the Parish Toolkit. Full details here.
God’s Next Big Thing: Discovering the Future Church, the Revd Dr Professor Scott Cowdell. Full details here.
Bible in the Life of the Church (BILC)
BILC is work that has been going on across the Anglican Communion since 2009. Its purpose
is to help us engage more deeply with the Bible. BILC has gathered together a topic and age
based tool-box of educational resources from all over the Anglican Communion. Full details here.
A variety of discipleship resources for groups from many different publishers, all reviewed and rated to save you time. Enjoy looking around the site, and find the resource you want for adults, youth and children – for those who are enquiring, beginning or growing in the Christian journey. Full details here.
Jesus Shaped Life
Part of the Season of Intentional Discipleship and Disciple-Making, this life guide is being used by Anglicans in every part of the world – and is adaptable to meet our needs in Australia, especially in the Adelaide Diocese. Listen and share experiences of living Jesus-shaped lives in our word. Full details here.
Evangelism and Mission
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, online or in person, where people can explore life, faith and meaning. Alpha can assist in training and equipping members to be more confident and competent in sharing the gospel, and in revitalising ministry. Alpha Courses can be run in three ways; in person, online or a hybrid mode. Alpha is 100% free, including ongoing support, coaching and professional development. Full details here.
God’s Holy Love
God’s Holy Love is a selection of daily Bible readings, chosen to highlight the truths of God, Jesus, the Spirit and the Church and Kingdom as these impact on our lives and change our ways of thinking and acting. Taken over a whole year (thirty six weeks: four nine-week terms with holiday breaks in between), it can help to establish a person firmly in Christian believing and living. Full details here.
The process of making important decisions in our lives usually unfolds in stages of rowing commitment. As people prepare for baptism — initiation into Christian discipleship — these stages may be described as: Inquiry (questioning faith); Apprenticeship (learning to hear God’s word and exploring Christian practice together); Candidacy (coming to terms with commitment to Christ) and Commitment (deepening appreciation of the sacramental way of life). Full details from the Anglican Church of Canada is here and the North American Association for the Catechumenate is here.
Church Health and Growth
Leading your church into growth (LyCIG)
Discover the most effective resource to help parishes grow in depth of discipleship; reach people of all generations so they come to faith; and make a difference in the wider community. They have a range of courses, including an introduction to Christianity program called “Start” and an ongoing growth into discipleship program called “Moving On”. Full details here.
Natural Church Development (NCD)
Natural Church Development (NCD) is a principle-oriented way of approaching the Christian life that strives to integrate biblical standards and empirical learnings. The growth principles identified by international research and communicated in the NCD books can be applied both by individuals (church members, active believers, nominal Christians, non-Christians) and at a corporate level (local churches, small groups, denominations, para-church organizations, etc.). Full details here.