The Light College & Collective are partnering with Myriad*, a national initiative, to deliver a new and exciting learning community called illuminate to be held in the North West. This is for churches looking to plant out new small church communities led by everyday people. By everyday people, we mean people who may not necessarily have experience or qualifications, but do feel a yearning to see a group of people come to find faith in Jesus and help them grow in new small church communities.
Illuminate seeks to work with existing churches who have a heart to plant in this way. We work together with the everyday planter and their church to ensure that new plants are healthy, supported and sustainable.
Illuminate learning communities will offer an opportunity for everyday planters to journey together over 2 years, being supported and resourced with the tools they need to establish new small church communities.
Everyday planters will assemble a small team of people and join with a number of other teams to form a learning community that will grow together as they explore themes such as: Vision and Discernment; Leading and Teams; Planting; Discipling; Growth and Multiplication.
Learning communities involve a six-monthly gathering held in the North West, online material which can be accessed when necessary and a regular mentor. This is not a course and there are no assignments. The first gathering will be held in Autumn 2023.
Illuminate is offered to all churches and planters from all backgrounds and denominations. While the gatherings are held in the North West, illuminate is a national offering and so we will welcome teams from anywhere across the UK where there is no comparable training being offered. There is no fee to join a learning community but teams can donate to the cost of the 6 monthly gatherings should they wish.
Maybe you are a church leader who is looking to explore how it can grow by establishing new small church communities. If you feel that this is something that is stirring in you or your church, then get in touch to find out more at email@example.com
Maybe you are an everyday person who has a yearning to start a new church community and help your church reach out. If that is you then get in touch to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be having conversations in the coming weeks with churches and potential planters so if you would like to chat with someone, contact us email@example.com
In addition, you can book on to one of our taster sessions (see below).
To help people gain a better understanding of how illuminate works, we are inviting anybody interested to a taster session. This will be an opportunity to find out more and ask any questions.
The next taster events will be on
Monday May 15th on zoom at 7pm
Saturday June 10th on zoom at 10am
Please let us know if you would like to come along
These documents will help you to discern whether you are called to start a new church community and join illuminate
Am I Called
This is designed for potential planters to think through whether this is for you
Who Plants Churches
This is for a church leader, to help you discern with a planter whether you both feel this is the right thing
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