What is the BCDM?
A set of short modules in discipleship and mission for lay people. The BCDM is focussed on building confidence in your faith and biblical knowledge in everyday life.
When and where is it taking place?
Modules happen around the Diocese in parishes throughout the academic year. The next modules are starting in September 2016, you can find out details and how to sign up here.
Who can take part?
The modules are open to everyone who wants to engage more with their faith and grow in discipleship and mission.
We aim to ensure that modules are accessible to people with all levels of academic ability and different learning styles and teaching is participatory and interactive. Content is accessible for those with basic to intermediate knowledge of the Bible (or to those who have completed the Alpha Course).
Each module consists of 10 hours contact time, usually in five 2-hour weeknight sessions or occasionally two or occasionally three longer Saturday or Sunday workshops.
How much does it cost?
The price of each module is £25 per person and this can be paid via the online registration form or by bringing a cheque made out to Coventry Diocesan Board of Finance to the first session.
Groups of 3 or more from the same parish receive 20% discount and pay £20 each. If a module is taking place at your parish church, you can attend for free.
If you have any further questions please contact...
Discipleship and Mission Development Adviser
Coventry Diocesan Training Partnership
Cathedral and Diocesan Offices, 1 Hill Top, Coventry, CV1 5AB
Read more below about the BCDM
Our aim is that through participation, you will be equipped and empowered to recognise your call to be missionary disciples primarily in your daily life. Tim Dearborn wrote, “It is not the Church of God that has a mission, but the God of Mission who has a Church”. This is helpful to show the shift that should be taking place in our understanding of what it means to be part of the Church. We hope that as part of this programme, you will be able to better discern where God is at work and seek to join in and participate in his mission to the world.
There will be a range of modules covering Biblical understanding through a Bible overview, exploration of Jesus and the Gospels and the study of individual books and themes. A set of practical modules will help you effectively lead and develop your small group, worship, leadership, teaching and more.
Developing healthy churches via the 8 Essential Qualities is the core strategy of the Diocese. The BCDM responds to the results of the Healthy Churches survey, helping to grow churches by addressing the weakest essential quality.
This current theme is Passionate Spirituality, one of the 8EQs of healthy churches defined by Natural Church Development. Modules will help you to be bolder in your faith, experiencing the transforming influence of your faith in all areas of your life and use the Bible as a powerful guide for everyday decisions of life. Modules will encourage you to read the Bible on your own, enjoy it and get the most out of each reading session. You will gain the ability to communicate your faith clearly to others.
For more information on growing healthy churches, follow: www.dioceseofcoventry.org/healthychurches
How do I progress through the certificate?
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Those who are going to be licensed as Readers need to complete all three levels, and there will be some additional training for Reader candidates.