The Discipleship Project

The Discipleship Project began in September 2022 to support the growth and development of the ministry of all of God’s people in local churches and across mission communities. This training is open to anyone and is designed to encourage disciples of Jesus to step into new areas of discovery for mission and ministry. Through the six core sessions run across Cumbria, with supplementary optional modules running across the county, this course will explore new ways of thinking about ‘calling.’ This course is for those wanting to explore the next season of ministry, interested in developing in areas of lay-ministry, or up for a Jesus-shaped discipleship adventure. Participants are encouraged to pursue a path of vocational discovery, growth, and development.

Participants of The Discipleship Project are invited to discover what spaces in, or outside of the church, God may be calling them in to; Seeking to explore what it means for the whole people of God to be engaged in God’s mission within the world. This training is built upon the assumption that every member of the church has gifts and skills to be used for the good of the kingdom with a focus upon the commission for mission that Jesus offers to all his disciples at baptism. The course will:

  • Build confidence in a self-understanding of personal giftings for ministry
  • Support the journey of radical discipleship
  • Find new prophetic spaces for the church to be at work.
  • Open-up new ministry possibilities

Core Module

Exploring your callwith Nicky Smith and Bob and Mary Hopkins
This module forms a key aspect of the course. It is mandatory for all participants. It sets the context and framework for the other optional modules. It will look at God’s call as manifest within the Scriptures. It explores this concept of ‘vocation,’ allowing the space to reflect upon our personal Christian journey. Using the example that Jesus models in Scripture to grow missionary disciples, it will introduce the themes of missional coaching, apprenticeship, and life-long learning.

In 2024-25 this module will be delivered simultaneously in the Ambleside Parish Centre, Ambleside, and at Cornerstone in Carlisle, where it will be facilitated by Revd Simon Bickersteth.

Session 1 – Know who you are!
Monday 23rd September 2024, 7pm-9pm at Ambleside Parish Centre and Cornerstone, Carlisle

Session 2 – Know how we Learn
Monday 21st October 2024, 7pm-9pm at Ambleside Parish Centre and Cornerstone, Carlisle

Session 3 – Know your Spiritual Resources
Monday 25th November 2024, 7pm-9pm at Ambleside Parish Centre and Cornerstone, Carlisle

Session 4 – Know Jesus’ Discipling “System” 
Monday 16th December 2024, 7pm-9pm at Ambleside Parish Centre and Cornerstone, Carlisle.

Session 5 – Know your Team + Trade & Tools
Monday 27th January 2025, 7pm-9pm at Ambleside Parish Centre and Cornerstone, Carlisle

Session 6 – Know how to “Fish”
Monday 24th February 2025, 7pm-9pm at Ambleside Parish Centre and Cornerstone, Carlisle

To book:

To book your place at Ambleside visit https://www.trybooking.com/uk/DPHN

To book your place at Carlisle visit: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/DQEC

This course is FREE to attend.