General Instructions For Group Leaders and Participants
Congratulations! You are embarking on a five week study, where you will step each week into the world of our biblical text, with a mind to discover where God is leading you and your congregation in its next steps into the world. First of all, you will be keeping a close eye on several biblical texts, looking for ideas, and images that spark your imagination, and help the Spirit do its work within you and within your congregation. In addition, each week you will be examining these texts using one of The Five Marks of Mission adopted by the Anglican Communion. Because, as we are so aware in North America and particularly in Montreal, all mission is undertaken in context, we will be pondering these texts in light of our own context, and especially in light of the Diocese of Montreal’s own MAP document, our five-year “Ministry Action Plan.” But keep in mind, whatever your context, whether you are in Montreal or elsewhere, whether you are Anglican or from any other Christian denomination, you will find this study useful, and completely adapted to your context. We are confident that the Spirit will be at work guiding you and your congregation on its own path to participate in God’s mission in your place.
As with any bible study, you will profit by having a leader who will take responsibility to make sure everything is in place, week to week, and to guide and facilitate discussion. This is not a lecture series, by any means, and you will be doing far more than learning about the chosen texts; you will be learning about yourselves, and about what God is calling your communities to do, so every participant has something to contribute, and is important to the process. At the same time, as in most bible studies, the leader helps keep the boundaries and organizes times and materials.
All the documents are available to anyone who uses this site. It is understood that the bible study leader will read the background sheet and use the instructions, but you may find that it is helpful for participants to read the background sheets as well. If you decide to share them with the group, you will want to make them available the week before, as they are too detailed for participants to read during the session. Each week’s instruction sheet outlines the documents and other materials necessary for that session. Some weeks, the leader will need to download and print additional documents from this site; other weeks, you will need paper, pens, markers, or other materials.
We have tried to indicate times for each section, use your judgement about how strict you need to be. In most instances more time will prove beneficial, rather than less.
Finally, it is important to try to give some feedback to the site, whether you do this in Lent 2011 or later. Let your participants know about the site so that they can look too. It might even be helpful to allow a brief amount of time to review some of the feedback others gave for the week before, before you start the new study each week.
In addition to this, we encourage all groups to actively participate in making this resource an inspiration for all to see by following the instructions at the end of each week to upload the creative work your group has done in the comments sections for the given weeks. If there are difficulties with this, please leave a comment in this section and we will try to assist you.
Enjoy the study and may God bless your time together!
Jennifer Bourque, Karen Chalk and Nicholas Pang
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