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The Living Faith modules

Living Faith is a set of study modules that are open to any Christian wanting to know more about their faith. It also forms part of the training course for Licensed Lay Ministers in the Diocese of Peterborough, and for Methodists training for lay ministry in this District.

Studying a module from the Living Faith programme can be a good way of helping people to think more deeply about their faith. It is not necessary to have done any academic study before, but students will need a reference from their church minister or training establishment tutor to say that they would benefit from this kind of study.

It is possible to choose just an individual module, or to take several over the three years that it takes for the whole programme to run.

Those taking part in the programme will be encouraged to keep a portfolio of work. This could take a variety of forms – a video diary, an essay, a letter, an audio recording, etc. Where course staff feel that the portfolio has the potential to be awarded University credits at Level 1, the student will be given the option to pursue this.

Each of the modules normally takes the form of four taught sessions and two self directed learning sessions. Students are expected to commit themselves to completing the whole module.

Over a period of three years, all the modules will run once in Northampton and once in Peterborough. The exception to this is the Introduction to the Bible and Study Skills module which usually takes place at a central location in the diocese.

The fee for each module is £40 per person except for the Core Skills for Children’s Work module, which is free of charge.

Living Faith module topics

Living Faith Main Brochure

Introduction to the Bible and Study Skills (LF1)
Basic study skills will be taught together with an introduction to the content of the Bible. This will include the different types of writing, the particular role of the Old and New Testaments, and a variety of ways of “reading” the Bible. Insights into how to study Bible texts will be gained as one Old Testament book and one New Testament book are examined.

Reading the New Testament (LF2)
This module will explore the background to the New Testament and its theology through examining particular texts. It will help participants understand these texts in their historical, sociological and literary context and relate them to our world today.

Reading the Old Testament (LF3)
This module will explore the background to the Old Testament and its theology through examining particular texts. It will help participants understand these texts in their historical, sociological and literary context and relate them to our context today. The importance of understanding the Old Testament in reading the New Testament will be examined.

Introduction to Church History (LF4)
This module will introduce the main periods, developments and issues in the Church through history. It will look in particular at the development of the early Church and the Church in the West. It will also consider the development of the Church world wide.

Pastoral Skills for Ministry and Mission (LF5)
This module will explore how pastoral care is part of ministry and mission. It will help participants develop practical skills in pastoral care and the ability to reflect on pastoral situations. It will focus on pastoral issues in times of transition and change and examine the boundaries necessary for effective pastoral care.

We believe - exploring the nature of God (LF6)
This module will introduce Christian doctrine by examining the doctrine of God and the Trinity. It will examine the Biblical roots and emerging doctrine of God and the person of Christ with particular reference to how the Creeds developed.

Ethics – Responding to Moral Issues (LF7)
This module will give a framework for examining ethical issues and help participants understand a variety of Christian approaches. It will look at the role of Scripture and the role of God in relation to moral issues we face today, and examine issues around birth, mid life and dying. Participants will be invited to use their own context as a basis for reflection.

The Mission of God (LF8)
This module will examine God’s mission Biblically and through history. It will consider worldwide Church growth and developments. It will help participants explore their part in God’s mission. It will consider the particular challenges to mission faced by the Church in Britain in the 21st century.

Worship and the Sacraments (LF9)
This module will examine the key role of worship and the sacraments in the life of the Church through exploring their Biblical and historical roots. It will examine the Biblical basis of worship and the sacraments. It will look at the development of Eucharistic worship, and non sacramental worship with particular attention to the importance of liturgy.

Core skills for Children's work (LF10)
This module will explore specific skills for children’s ministry. It will help participants to develop their understanding of children and the skills required to nurture children in their journey of faith. It will help to develop a vision of a Christian community in which children’s faith is expressed and valued.

Working with Adults (LF11)
This module will explore specific skills for working with adults in groups. It will cover areas like how adults learn, understanding group dynamics, effective group leadership and facilitation skills. It will be useful to those working with a variety of groups such as Lent groups, Christian basics courses, pastoral visiting team, bereavement groups, confirmation groups, enquirers groups.





Living Faith modules are marked "LF" in the Events Calendar below