The Discipleship Project

The Discipleship Project is a new course beginning 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 in church house Penrith, 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 call –  with 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.


Session 1 – Personal Formation (Qualities; Character; Behaviours & Inner Security)

Monday September 12th 2022, 7-9pm Church House, Penrith


Session 2 – Vocation; (All Called; Team & ‘Your Shape’)

Wednesday November 16th 2022, 7pm-9pm Church House, Penrith


Session 3 – God Encounter; (Holy Spirit; Prayer & Bible Study)

Monday January 16th, 2023, 7pm-9pm, Church House, Penrith


Session 4 – Hierarchies to Movement (Culture Change; Accountability & Relational Trust)

Monday March 13th, 2023, 7pm-9pm, Church House, Penrith


Session 5 – Releasing with Support (Discipleship Processes incl. Apprenticing & Coaching)

Monday April 17th, 2023, 7pm-9pm, Church House Penrith


Session 6 – Mission & Evangelism (Gospel Liberated for All)

Monday May 22nd, 2023, 7pm-9pm, Church House Penrith

Cost £15 + ticket fee

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Optional Modules

Choose from a range of optional modules to support your own unique learning journey. All modules are £15 + ticket fee, unless stated otherwise.

  • Plan A, growing in discipleship, St Thomas’ Kendal- Sept 2022 – Book now
  • Chaplaincy, exploring chaplaincy in Cumbria, Church House Penrith- Sept 2022 Book now
  • Creative Mission Thinking and Practice, Church House Penrith, April-May 2023 Book now
  • Being Anglican, ‘what is an Anglican and am I one?’ Carlisle Cathedral- Spring 2023
  • The Preaching Module, Ulverston Parish Church- Spring 2023
  • Pioneer taster days
  • Anna Chaplaincy, Church House Penrith- January 2023*
  • Mental Health First Aid- tbc*
  • Lay church planting course, -tbc
  • Pop-up theology– Emmanuel Theological College, St Mary’s Threlkeld
  • Discovering spirituality– Spring 2023- tbc

*Additional charges apply

Optional Module 1: Plan A

Plan A is 5- week journey of discovering more about God, who you are in Christ and the impact that He is calling you to make on your world.

Dates: Thursday 22nd Sept, Thursday 29th Sept, Thursday 6th Oct, Thursday 13th Oct, Thursday 20th Oct, Thursday 3rd November, Thursday 10th November,

St Thomas’ Kendal, 7pm-9pm

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Optional Module 2: Chaplaincy, exploring chaplaincy in the Diocese of Carlisle

Revd Dr Glynn Jones leads a 5-week introduction to the role of chaplaincy, with an overview of some of the opportunities available within the Diocese of Carlisle to support lay chaplaincy.

Dates: Monday 31 October, Monday 7 November, Monday 21 November, Monday 28 November, Monday 5 December,

Church House Penrith, 7pm-9pm,

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Revd Dr Glynn Jones

Optional Module 3: Being Anglican, ‘what is an Anglican and am I one?’

Carlisle cathedral will host this spring-time module. Considering what constitutes an Anglican identity and how this shapes ministry. Session titles include: ‘what we believe and what we pray,’ ‘the Church of England in history and the wider societal context,’ and ‘Anglican character and mission.’ Within the last session is a chance for reflection on Anglican principles and how they might inform current challenges and opportunities in ministry.

Dates: Spring TBC

Optional Module 4: Creative Mission Thinking and Practice

We follow the great Creator, so how might we creatively engage our local communities? This module isn’t about being a great artist but will connect creative thinking with practical mission ideas and spaces. Facilitated by the Northern Mission Centre we will share stories, provide practical examples, and help you develop tools to connect with new people in new ways, or simply enliven some of your existing work.

Sessions include: The Power of Celebrations, Imaginative Prayer in the Community, Using Creation Creatively, Building Community Connections, Interactive Story Telling. Each session will give space to help you tailor the ideas into your context whether you are working in a Time Honoured Church, Fresh Expression of Church or community setting.

Dates: Thursdays, 7-9pm in the Resource Room,  Church House, Penrith.  27th April, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 25th May 2023.

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