Reflecting on what I wrote yesterday concerning the limitations of the ‘course’ approach to learning and discipleship, I nevertheless wouldn’t want to imply that we should abandon running ‘courses’ in different aspects of faith.  Without some opportunity to explore particular topics in a sustained way, I suspect that a lot of our understanding would be of a fairly superficial level, and there is something about running a course on a particular topic which signals a serious intent to wrestle with it.  The trick is not to abandon doing occasional courses or series’ on particular topics or themes, but to ensure that this is only one amongst several approaches to deepening discipleship, and to provide structures paths on from the course or series to ensure that having finished the course itself, we don’t simply tick the box and say ‘done that one’.

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