Impact Training is a year given over full time to God, to learn to think and live biblically. It is a mix of theological training, church based project work, personal discipleship and skills based training. Here is the latest update from this year's Impacters:
"October has seen the second training block of our Impact course this year as we returned to the Bristol base for three days. Time had flown by since our first training block with the business of church life; meeting in the Elmgrove Centre with 'old friends' felt like finding a little oasis. It was an exciting reunion as we all shared what we had been up to at our project churches. People's first experiences with running youth work, community outreach, leading worship and bible studies all showed the exciting possibilities and challenges of the Impact year. The arrival of the first ever 'Impact baby' was another cause for celebration.
The training continued to challenge and equip us. We have started to lead each other in worship and a bible exposition of Galatians, which will continue all year. This is out of the comfort zone for most of us, but it is really useful to try our 'first steps' among friends. The teaching has again been a mix of the topical ('Kid's work' and 'Engaging with Islam') and bible focused ('Christ in the Gospels' and 'The early Church in Acts'). The controversial doctrinal question of what to tell your kids about Father Christmas was also hotly debated!
We were blessed to be able to serve at the We Are Worship tour worship night where we heard about persecuted Christians from CSW. It was great to serve in a practical way, especially hi-vis jackets, playing with the radios and banter with Lou Fellingham. We have left ready to continue the good work God has for us to do with our Churches and moaning about the essays due for the end of this month. We will be feeling much more festive at our next meeting which will be in December."