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25 April 2019

Formation School: growing leaders who make disciples

Paul Allcock Paul Allcock Director of Formation School
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In our mission statement we say that, “Above Bar Church exists to glorify God by seeking to make and mature disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

So how is this going to happen? Only by the supernatural work of God in people’s lives as each one of us responds to the Great Commission of Jesus to, “Go into all the world and make disciples…”.

Many of us feel uncertain or daunted by the scope of this challenge, but one of the greatest privileges for any human being is to see God using you in the lives of others.

Formation School seeks to train and equip followers of Jesus to become leaders who will make disciples who will in turn go and make yet more disciples (2 Timothy 2:2). Over the last seven years well over a hundred people have completed this year of training based at Above Bar Church – these people are from a wide range of different churches, backgrounds ages and stages in the Christian life.

So could Formation School be something God wants you to consider?

On a recent Sunday six of our current students shared something of their experience as we tried to communicate what God is doing and encouraged others to apply for the next academic year. One of the most special things about this for me was to hear each of the six students highlighting different aspects of the course which have been significant for them.

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Here are some of the things they mentioned:

  • the emphasis on the whole message of the Bible and its teaching,
  • growing understanding of worship through the Psalms,
  • teaching on the Holy Spirit and His gifts,
  • learning to understand myself and to experience God more deeply,
  • being challenged about the impact of culture and media and how to respond to it,
  • getting practical help and tools to use in discipling others.

Several spoke of the benefits of getting to know new people and of being part of a huddle: a group in which deeper relationships grow and through which we are accountable to one another.

The cost of taking on Formation School is significant both in terms of time and money. You will probably need to stop doing something to make space for it, but we believe you will find the investment to be highly worthwhile. The course involves three terms each consisting of twelve Tuesday evenings from 6 to 10pm, and two Saturdays. Each evening includes two interactive teaching sessions and a shorter session usually in a huddle.

You can find more information on the Formation School website. You’ll also find application forms on the site – the closing date for applications is 31 July 2019. Please do contact us via the website or come and chat to one of the team on a Sunday if you have more questions.

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