Cell UK Training
Cell UK has always recognised the need for good practical training that enables the body of Christ to be mobilised to see his kingdom come. With this in mind we have focused on a number of areas that we offer training in, and as part of our desire to make this accessible have created different formats. The following is an outline of some of the training we are currently offering. We are always happy to be approached to create something for your particular situation and needs so don’t hesitate to contact us.
It is our aim to offer this training in two ways. One – based on site here in Harpenden (click here to see our current training opportunities). The second is where we come to you either on a totally in house basis or where you open the training up to others in your area.
1. SMALL GROUPS TRAINING DAYS – 10AM TO 3PM
Small Groups – the secret of the early church
Are you thinking about running or starting small groups?
Building small groups that love God, love one another and equip people for their front line?
Are you looking to build community in your church?
Do you want to raise the engagement of church members?
Session 1: Why small groups / beliefs behind small groups
Session 2: Values behind small groups
Session 3: 10 things every small group leader needs to know:
Empowering people for their front line
Partnership with the rest of the church
Resources to help
Delegating sections of the meeting
2. COMMUNICATING THE GOSPEL TODAY – 10AM TO 3PM
In Colossians 4 Paul writes. ‘Pray for us that God may open a door for our message that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly.’
If anyone knew how to proclaim the gospel effectively, then Paul did, and yet he still asks for help! How much more then, do we need to pray and seek wisdom to make the message of the gospel clear?
The challenge for the church today, as in every generation, is to proclaim the Christian message clearly. All over the UK people are thinking about how we can share the Christian message in ways and words that are relevant.
We want to see every believer equipped to share their faith well, and in language that people can understand in today’s culture. For example, since our postmodern revolution, researchers have identified that in our Western culture there has been a shift from guilt to shame ie from ‘I’ve done something wrong’ to ‘there’s something wrong with me’.
This raises a number of questions for us:
What would the gospel look like to enable it to redeem this shame culture?
What are the connect points for today’s issues with the Christian message?
How do we talk about Jesus?
Laurence Singlehurst and Trevor Withers have spent many years thinking and writing about these issues. Laurence’s bestselling Grove Booklet, The Gospel Message Today, has started this conversation in many different places. And Trevor has been researching, writing and running workshops about shame with churches and other groups.
Cell UK are holding a new, one day training day, where Laurence and Trevor will teach on these issues. Trevor will speak about our shame based culture and how we can share the gospel message effectively in this context. Laurence will speak on contextualisation and connect points and how to share Jesus conversationally amongst our friends, neighbours and workplace.
If you are interested in the words of the gospel message, and how we make them clear, join us for this stimulating and informative day.
Values based Discipleship
Based around Laurence Singlehurst’s book ‘Transforming Values’, this training day challenges us to think differently about our growth as Christians, and asks us to think about our values rather than just trying to change our actions. Full of practical advice, wit and great stories.
Missional ideas and practices
Looking at the challenges we face as we live out and share our faith in the 21st century. Exploring what works well today, and why. Practical insights from Trevor and Laurence’s experience, and reflections from our rich Christian heritage. The sessions are as follows:
The principles of contextualisation
- What does mission look like today?
- Mission and the place of small groups
- Words of the Gospel
Preaching and Teaching training
The purpose of this day is to inspire people to preach and teach with a particular emphasis on young people especially young women. It is our hope that this material will demystify and make practical and, therefore, obtainable the ability to preach and teach.
In the course of the day we are going to look at four areas:-
- Content – where it comes from and how we can make it dynamic and relevant.
- Communication – what are the skills of good communication and what can be learned from bad communication?
- Anointing – where does this come from. How do I know if I have it?
- A practical preaching and teaching grid that gives you a framework in which to build your messages.