Is coming to faith a matter of crisis or process? Or both? In the last couple of decades, churches seem to have shied away from the ‘crisis’ approach to evangelism seen in the big meetings (let’s be careful about the use of the word ‘crusade’), in favour of courses which expose enquirers to the content of the Christian Gospel over a period of weeks or even months. Some also have crossover value in refreshing existing Christians of core beliefs, and of building up discipleship.
It seems apposite to mention this, given that the Church of England has recently announced a new course entitled ‘Pilgrim’, based on famous biblical texts such as the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. While there is still a chance to reach some people with a folk memory of Christianity, the C of E is trying to reach them.
You may have had experience of other courses. Alpha is of course the most famous one, but there is also Christianity Explored, Essence, Disciple and Emmaus, to mention just a few that come immediately to mind. What has been good about these courses for you? What do you think should be different about them?