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Inside Out is a six week course produced by Tearfund, Evangelical Alliance and Livability to equip churches and small groups to integrate their words and actions to help bring change to their communities locally and globally.
The course is designed to enable groups to explore just how big God’s mission is and discover what part we each have to play within it. It is called Inside Out because we believe the key to changing our communities is found in allowing ourselves to be transformed. As we allow God to change us on the inside, external change can’t be far off. We believe God is in the business of partnership and that Inside Out is a great way of making ourselves available to be used by our Father as individuals and congregations.
You will find teaching from a range of top speakers and practitioners such as Tom Wright, Elaine Storkey, Tim Keller, Mark Melluish, Chris Wright, Celia Apeagyei-Collins, Shane Claiborne, Jim Wallis, Al Gordon, J John, Pete Greig and Mark Greene, as well as a range of inspiring stories and case studies.
What you need to run the course:
You will need to purchase a copy of the DVD – this contains the majority of the teaching films and case studies and is available from the Tearfund Ireland office; price €15. For more information contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the office.
‘Serve one another in love’ Galatians 5:13
Discovery is a practical process that helps your church become a transforming influence within your community.
It is a step-by-step training and development tool designed to envision, equip and prepare churches for community engagement. It builds on the successful approach Tearfund uses in poorer communities in the developing world.
Discovery helps your church to:
- Learn and explore how your church can make a difference in your community.
- Reflect on what the Bible says about meeting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.
- Build confidence as a team, discover new skills and share experiences.
Engaging with Discovery
The process is supported by experienced church in the community Facilitators who have led and equipped churches to engage effectively with their local community. An experienced facilitator spends time with churches to discuss and assess how best to manage the process, including costs, training and ongoing support.
The Discovery Process
Discovery brings together biblical insights, training tools and Tearfund’s experience in helping churches respond to needs in their community. Discovery tool kits guide a core group through a creative and accessible training and development process.
Within the process churches learn to identify:
- their gifts
- their talents and
- the needs in the community
Discovery helps churches to develop the capacity to address problems unique to a church’s community and culture. It teaches how to research, develop, grow and monitor a project and is designed to be fun and hands-on.
Once your church group has completed Discovery, they will be confident and skilled to put what they have learned into action. The pack is bursting with ideas on how to be relevant in your community.
For more information contact email@example.com or contact the office.
Our justice and discipleship course will help you and your youth group make sense of faith and life in response to global poverty. What can we actually do to change things? And how does that fit with an everyday life that is trying to follow Jesus? Just People? explores these questions with your group and begins to join the dots between our discipleship and our mission; our faith and our action.
The youth course is six weeks; the student course is four. Inside you’ll find two leaders’ guides one for each course and a DVD with all the clips for each session.
Contact the Tearfund office for more information or to order a pack mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01-8783200.
This Autumn our focus is on stopping trafficking for children, through prevention and aftercare in countries were children are most vulnerable.
For more general information on this campaign follow this link
This October we are having a Walk for Hope up Bray Head where people can come together to walk in solidarity with people who are victims of trafficking as well as raising some money for our No Child Taken Campaign. Find below a poster and a sponsorship card.
Resources for Churches
As the conflicts in Iraq and the wider Middle East continue to dominate the headlines, we urgently pray for those affected by the violence. We lift up the people of Gaza, Syria and Iraq.
Click here to download a prayer power point for the Middle East
Fighting erupted in South Sudan at the end of 2013, between forces loyal to President Salva Kirr, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and former Deputy President Riek Machar who belongs to the Lou Nuer. So far the conflict has led to 1.5 million people fleeing their homes, of which 386,000 have left the country for neighbouring nations.
Click here to download a prayer power point for South Sudan that can be used by churches, groups or individuals.
Please do join us in prayer for all of these situations and the many people suffering across the globe as a result of violence and conflict.
Follow this link for a prayer for troubled times.
Prayer resources for Syria and the peace talks.
Pray as a church: please reserve a few minutes to pray for Syria during your church services over the next few weeks. Download the church prayer guide here.
You could use one or more of the spoken prayers to lead your congregation in prayer. If you have enough time, you could also show our Syria prayer PowerPoint downloadable here.
Pray as an individual or as a group: we’ve produced a prayer guide to help you pray for Syria. You can download it here.