Courses

TEACHING & WRITING COURSES has been an important part of my ministry, and on this page you will find four of the general courses that I have written. As I mention below, two other courses feature on the Books page, and two courses about Benedictine spirituality are described on the St Benedict page. In addition to these I have written several one-off courses, for quiet days and retreats, including introductions to the New Testament, to Benedictine Spirituality, and to Christian Ethics. If you would like to know about any of these, please contact me.

I – Believing and Belonging
An introduction to the Christian Faith written both for Enquirers and for Christians who want to brush-up their faith. It takes a process evangelism approach like ‘Alpha’ and ‘Emmaus’, but with a different spiritual emphasis. It has twelve sessions, and is designed to be taught over two terms:–
1. Faith & Meaning                                                       
2. The Bible: Story & History                              
3. God, Spirit & Holiness
4. The Coming of Jesus
5. Son of Man : Son of God – I
6. Son of Man : Son of God – II
7. Peace, Justice & Society
8. Suffering, Sin & Evil
9. The Last Things
10. Church, Mission & Sacrament
11. Prayer & Personal Devotion
12. Following in The Way

Please contact me if you would like to know more about this course.

II – Six Steps into the Bible
As the name implies, the course runs over six sessions, offering an introduction to the Bible, its writing, themes and interpretation. The Six Steps are:
1. From Stories to Scripture
Aim: To show how scripture, the authoritative Word of God, arose from the reflection of the community of faith, over a long period of time, on its story in light of the question, ‘Where was God in what happened?’
2. Poetry & Prose : History & Interpretation
Aim: To illustrate the different types of writing that make up the Bible – history, prophecy, poetry, letters – and how each contributes a distinctive aspect of the whole picture.
3. Yahweh and the Messiah
Aim: To show how the understanding of God, the central doctrine of the Bible, developed as the scriptures were written, and how the first Christians came to recognise Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah.
4. The Old and New Covenants
Aim: To examine the Biblical revelation of the nature of the Covenant, which expressed the relationship between God and his People, and how the understanding of the Covenant developed between the Old and New Testaments.
5. Religion and Righteousness
Aim: To explore the difference between a religion based on law and a religion based on grace, and how this shapes the moral demands of faith.
6. Hope and Salvation
Aim: To explore the Biblical understanding of the related themes of judgement, suffering, hope and salvation, and their development.
The course comes with course materials and leader’s notes, and works well as a Lent course. Please contact me if you would like to know more about this course.

III – Signs, Symbols and Ceremonies
An exploration in five sessions of the meaning and symbolism of Christian worship:
1. Travelling In – The Journey of Repentance
2. Made New – Dying and Rising with Christ
3. Growing Up – Becoming a Community of Faith
4. Sharing Together – Remembering Jesus in the Eucharist
5. Light for the World – From Disciple to Apostle
The course comes with a set of presentation slides and leader’s notes, and is also suitable as a Lent course. Please contact me if you would like to know more about this course.

IV – Lord, Teach Us to Pray
This course is taught orally with practical exercises, and covers the basic disciplines of Christian prayer and meditation, including:
– Praying with the Bible and Lectio Divina
– Intercession and using a Prayer Diary
– Christian Meditation
– Imaginative Prayer
– Beginning a Prayer Journal
It can be taught over a weekend or at weekly sessions. Please contact me if you would like to know more about this course.

Two other courses are featured on the Books page. Although written originally for Lent, they can be used at any time of year.
The Life Hidden With Christ in God (available to download), and
The Time Has Come (print only: available from Peter Sills or Columba Press)