The Diocese has a Developing Discipleship Officer, the Revd. Alastair Macnaughton, appointed jointly with the Durham Diocese. Alastair's aim is to make Christian learning and growth accessible to a wide range of people across the region. The courses he promotes under the current banner "Faith and Life" are not about learning how to do particular jobs in church. Rather, the Faith and Life courses help people to grow in faith in everyday, practical ways. Alastair is happy to explain the range of courses available at any given time, and also to act as a sounding-board for parishes wondering what to do locally in the way of developing discipleship.
Three types of course are available:
Faith & Life runs from September to June at a variety of venues across the region. The course aims to help us grow in faith and understanding, and to apply our faith in practical everyday ways. Click here for more information on Faith & Life and where it is taking place this year.
Living Theology Today runs from October to June and is based in Durham. In it we aim to explore Christian theology in an all-round way, engaging with the heart, not just the head. People from all walks of life have found this course has made a big difference as regards personal faith, understanding the Bible, and their sense of purpose in life. Click here to find out more.
A number of six session courses are available for use by local churches. Click here for more information about all short courses.