Resources for Deepening Discipleship in the Diocese of London
On this page you can find a summary and overview of our Way of Life resources for churches, aiming to help us connect more deeply with God and connect God with the whole of our lives. To access a pdf containing these resources and/or to sign up to the Way of Life newsletter, click here. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy, please email our Discipleship Enabler Mirjam.
WHAT IS A WAY OF LIFE?
In the book of Acts, the first Christians were known as those who ‘belonged to the Way’. Our faith is not just about believing in Jesus, but about expressing this by the way we live. A Way or Rule of Life – as a ‘handbook’ for how a Christian community might live together – dates back to the monastic communities of the third century.
These resources aim to help us formulate our shared Way of Life in the context of our church community and covers the following aspects:
- It introduces a Way of Life Framework, consisting of three common discipleship movements, around which churches might build their shared Way of Life.
- It provides churches with tools to Discern a shared Way of Life for their church community, taking into account their unique context and calling.
- It offers examples of different Ways of Life and a Practice Toolkit to help churches on their way as they discern the patterns and practices that will help them embody their shared Way of Life.
As explained within the resources, this is not about starting something completely new, but about becoming more aware of what we are already doing to grow our faith and more intentional about how we want to be shaped and formed going forward.
OFFER OF A WAY OF LIFE FRAMEWORK
Our Way of Life framework consists of three common discipleship movements – inspired by Micah 6:6-8 and John 6:12-19 – around which churches might build their shared Way of Life:
DISCERNING A SHARED WAY OF LIFE
Crafting a shared Way of Life for our church community involves a process of prayerful discernment. We take into account our unique context and calling. What might be our gift to the world?
Ideally, this process will be started off with a Quiet Day, with plenty of space for both personal as well as group reflection. This will be followed by a 6-12 month process of discernment and experimenting with different practices. It might lead to a service of commitment to a shared Way of Life.
To help us on our way, this tool encourages a four step discernment process: