As we begin to reconnect with one another face-to-face after so much time apart, St Mary’s clergy are focusing part of their ministry on having significant one-to-one ‘discipleship conversations’ with…
As we begin to reconnect with one another face-to-face after so much time apart, St Mary’s clergy are focusing part of their ministry on having significant one-to-one ‘discipleship conversations’ with as many local people and church members as would like them.
Put simply, a discipleship conversation is a chance to have a proper conversation with a priest about faith, doubt, life, spirituality, prayer, ethics or the daily challenges of living as a Christian. The agenda is very much set by the person wanting the conversation, not the priest, although the clergy have prepared a simple document to help those who want to have such a conversation about what might be involved. Time is given for this conversation – an hour is usually good – but the meeting can take place wherever the participant would prefer to meet: in a home, at church, over lunch near a workplace, in the pub or a coffee shop. Discipleship conversations are held under ‘Chatham House Rules’ – the clergy won’t identify who has said what (there is confidentiality), but will be able to share with one another some of the themes emerging from the various conversations as they take place.
When St Mary’s held such conversations a few years ago, nearly 80% of the congregation decided to take advantage of the opportunity – one person said to the Vicar that they hadn’t had this sort of conversation for nearly fifty years! They also provide a great opportunity to meet one of the clergy and for them to get to know people at a much deeper level than can be done over coffee after church. The clergy are very happy to have such conversations with anyone who would like one – you don’t need to be a regular churchgoer at St Mary’s. Ask and it will be given unto you!
Full details of what a discipleship conversation might involve can be found here.
The clergy are approaching people directly over the coming weeks, but if you would like to have a discipleship conversation sooner rather than later, please email the vicar: [email protected] and he will be happy to help.
“But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
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