A new way of applying the Bible to your life involving exploration of the Bible and observation about our lives in a workshop format.
First, a group of people (any size) will watch a few videos introducing a topic from a number of different angles.
Then, you will break into small groups of about 6-10 and work through either applying the topic to your life/family/community or examining your life/family/community for how it could better act in light of the Bible.
A growing number of tools and processes will be available to use to help.
Anything really! But the topics most suited to this format are those that are complex; or which have a number of different views or angles to them; or which people only vaguely know about; or are easily confused by.
This format is best suited to helping people understand something—the beginning stages—and apply something to their lives.
Once the topic is understood and agreed on, better formats are available such as preaching, where encouragement, conviction, and vision can flourish.
There is a surprisingly large gap in the way that we learn as Christians, with very few options available for learning-by-copying which is a key way that humans learn (Jesus' method was like this with his disciples; apprenticeships are founded on this; etc.).
There's no TAFE-level learning
Bible Colleges suit only a small percentage of the Body of Christ. But what about the 'tradies' of the Church?
What space is there where apprenticeships can be nurtured?
Where do we go to see success, to imitate that?
How can the majority learn—those who want to live as Christians in their workplace, family, church or local community?
For example, very few today grow up feeling equipped with the right attitude for work; or with a strong biblical foundation for raising kids; or know what to do - or have a vision for - eldership/leadership in the church; or can see a way forward to tackle any of the problems they see in their neighbourhood.
Furthermore, we live in an increasingly hostile world, with bad ideas like:
Instead, if we could encourage each other as light-bearers and messengers of hope, we could go forth.
Finally, in these days of COVID-19, we live in a very strange and uncertain times, which demand almost constant re-assessment of practices and processes. The best time to start an exploratory workshop!
What if we could see—watch—successful families, successful evangelists, successful parents, successful workers and thereby be able to copy their practice into our lives?
What if we could indicate our desire to grow in a particular area and be mentored or apprenticeshipped, and 'masters' from around the world could teach us?
What if all of life could be done for the glory of God, not just our inner individual behaviour?
What if God has given us a body of believers that together have the wisdom we all need to do life abundantly?
This is probably best done face to face but in these days we need to facilitate it online. Enter Mural, an online poster, collaborative digital workspace.
The following is a practical guide:
Selecting a topic is probably the easiest part; people have lots of questions. Just make sure they are practical in focus (lest it be a Bible College level discussion that leaves out a lot of people).
Here are some starting ideas:
Next you will need some thoughtful perspectives (biblical perspectives), as well as some rich experiences (to help focus on real life). These are discussion starters, so do not have to represent the entirety of the topic (not that they could!)—but what you leave out probably won't get discussed much.
Get a wide lens by:
Set a date, invite people, and make sure you have these two people in place:
The key piece of information people will need is the URL to the starting Mural. Everything should be on there, including etiquette, what to do in the workshop, and so on.
Now it's time to run the workshop! Here are the general steps:
Where does this study sit theologically? Is this a Protestant thing only? How would this not devolve into flame wars?
Building on the exploration phase, this poster begins a process of observing patterns, asking key questions, and evaluating claims.