The Local Church as a Learning Community

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Celebrating the Ministry of All

by Jimmy Hamilton-Brown – 2009: Suggestions for worship and Bible study that celebrate lay people and clergy working together for the sake of God's Kingdom in the world.

Discerning the Mind of the Community

by John Cole - 2010: When Christian communities take counsel together, the aim should never be to win majority support for one group's point of view at the expense of the rest. Instead the task is to seek God's wisdom wherever it may be found. Originally written for Church of England deaneries, these principles can be applied anywhere!

Does the C of E really value the Bible?

by Jimmy Hamilton-Brown – 2009: A report based on letters to Church Times from the former Provost of Southwark, the Very Revd David Edwards, in which he calls for a new commitment to study the Bible as a way of enabling the Church of England’s different traditions to learn to listen to each other.

Good Listening

The Lifeblood of a Creative Learning Community

by Paul and Jenny Rolph - 2011: For this practical guide, originally written for Church of England deaneries, Jenny and Paul bring their rich experience as counsellors and teacher trainers. Their insights are applicable to any group of Christ's disciples - or, indeed, anywhere where human beings want to develop true community.

"I am a Churchgoer ... Get me out of here!!"

by John Cole - first published Spring 2011: This light-hearted quiz for church groups prompts deeper questions about the journey local churches and church people must take as they are renewed as servants of God's mission.

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Psalms of Life - Creation

by John Hammersley: John wrote his Psalms of Life over many years during his long priestly ministry, exploring contemporary themes in the style of the Biblical Psalms. This booklet contains his psalms on the theme of Creation. They have been set out for liturgical use.

For more psalms, visit the Psalms of Life web site.

Studying the Bible together

with contributions by Professor Keith Ward and others - 2010: Studying the Bible together provides a fruitful context where Christian communities from different traditions can learn to listen to each other and to God. This booklet establishes some important first principles for how the study should be done.

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The Nature of Church

This four-session study guide for lay and ordained was written by Beverley Hollins for use with small groups in the North Buckinghamshire deanery where she was Deanery Development Facilitator. It was first offered for download on the Oxford Diocesan web site.