IMSA 13 Workshops

SESSION 3.1: Listening for God’s words, the Power of a Whisper, Michelle Taylor

Power of a Whisper is a course that Michelle Taylor has facilitated as part of her role at Grace Family Church.  Bill Hybels (Willow Creek) revealed the attitudes and actions that help us hear directly from heaven as we navigate the most significant challenges on earth.

  • Practice listening to God here
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SESSION 3.2: Reading God’s word, Lectio Divinia, Christine van Straaten
Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.  Christine introduced the method, lead participants through the process and offered helpful tips and tools.

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SESSION 3.3: The Art of Listening and Facilitation, Francis Njoroge
Francis has dedicated his life to creating space where people can share their dreams and challenges by mastering the art of listening.  In this session he shares from his experience how through facilitation he’s seen individuals and communities inspire one another, discover common values, build commitment, grow to value contribution and begin to recognize each other’s potential rather than their poverty.

  • The Umoja Facilitator’s Guide contains Bible studies, activities, energisers, tools, advice and a step-by-step process to help a church and community become inspired and start working for transformation in their community.  Download the Facilitator’s Guide (3290KB) below. 

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  • The Umoja Co-ordinator’s Guide provides everything that an organisation or church needs to know to start and manage an Umoja programme across a number of local communities.  Download the Co-ordinator’s Guide (1144KB) below. 

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SESSION 3.4: All Around The World, Jenny Flannagan
Jenny has spent the past five years travelling to churches and Christian ministries all around the world, searching out what God is up to.  In this workshop Jenny shares some of her favourite finds and draw together some patterns and lessons from these different contexts.  Come and be inspired!  You can watch some of the stories Jenny shared here:

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SESSION 8.1: Making a Difference Where You Are. Dave Richter
How do we connect our faith with our daily lives? How do we fit with God’s mission to restore the world to Him?  Exploring some resources e.g. ’Inside Out’ is a six week DVD course produced by Evangelical Alliance, Livability and Tearfund – designed to help individuals, churches and small groups to integrate their words and actions to help bring change to their community.

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SESSION 8.3: Fresh Expressions and Missional Church, Revd Ben Aldous
Emil Brunner has said, “The church exists by mission just as a fire exists by burning.” A church that does not place mission at its foundation is no church at all.  A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.

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8.4: Are You Sitting Comfortably? God in the Government, Andy Flannagan
Are we just passive viewers of culture, politics and society, or do we believe we can get out there on the pitch?  What stops us seeing politics as mission?  Andy shared some of his experiences of working in the Houses of Parliament in London.

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  • Download Andy’s Presentation on Politics in the Bible below 

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About admin

Phil Bowyer is one of the founders of Integral Mission and Soul Action South Africa. He creates space for people who are exploring how to respond to various forms of poverty to connect with one another and God's mission. He is the author of several books on Integral Mission, incl. A Different World, Express Community and The Whole Wide World.