For generations most churchgoers have been encouraged to see the responsibility for the life and mission of the church in the hands of the trained clergy. A church embracing God's call to mission requires these same worshippers to see themselves as 'missionary disciples' with a vital part to play in the church's ministry. How is a change of this magnitude to be accomplished?
Drawing on the discipline of adult education and his own research into the way people learn, David Heywood explains how churches can become learning communities in which people grow as disciples and find their place in a collaborative pattern of ministry.
He challenges the prevailing approach to ministerial training as overly theoretical and individualistic, and points towards a model of training based around shared reflection on practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Learning for Discipleship and Ministry
1. Adult Learning in God's Kingdom
2. Learning to Connect Life and Faith
3. Leading the Learning Community
4. Learning for Ministry Together
'Kingdom Learning is a significant and lively resource for learning and teaching in the local church and in preparation for all kinds of ministry and mission. David Heywood is one of the Church of England's most distinctive and engaging writers on Christian formation. I warmly commend his new book.' -- The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft
'This timely and carefully prepared book makes a major contribution to the practice of discipleship and ministry by all God’s people.' -- Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer, Archbishops’ Council
'Kingdom Learning provides a fresh and challenging assessment of how, as Christian disciples, we approach the important subject of our own learning and development. It is practical, insightful and encouraging and is appropriate for anyone who wishes to renew their own faith and ministry.' -- Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath & Wells
'The strength of the book lies in the foundational concept of theological reflection, something which is often taught but rarely learnt. This book should be read by anyone involved in ministerial and Christian education throughout the domain of the Church.' -- Marion Gray, The Reader, Vol 118, No. 1
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