Grow Course

The Grow Course is a 8-12 month leadership course that aims to equip churches with the knowledge, tools and support needed to grow their church.  It is for lay and ordained leaders from across all church traditions who wish to spark further reflection around church growth in their church.

We offer learning and coaching with some of the most experienced people in church growth, helping churches connect with their tradition of growth and reframe this for a contemporary context.  You will work through seven modules, each focusing on different aspects of church growth.

‘I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.’ 1 Corinthians 3:6

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1. Vocation

1
Welcome to the Grow course
04:26
Bishop Ric Thorpe talks about the purpose of the course and about the importance of creating a healthy environment for growth.
2
What is growth?
10:31

Darren Wolf talks about Charles Handy's growth curve and what it means to grow churches.

3
What are your values?
10:53

Andy Blacknell outlines how to set values for your church.

4
What is your vision?
07:53

Andy Blacknell discusses the components of a successful vision.

5
Barriers to growth
08:00

Darren Wolf talks about the 6 challenges that can slow down church growth.

6
Mapping
09:28

Andy Blacknell outlines the contents of a leader's map.

7
Leading change
14:11

Andy Blacknell discusses an eight-step model for change and how to implement six change drivers.

8
Digital growth
11:41

Jess Locke discusses how to best express your vision, values and culture online.

2. Formation

1
The five types of leader
11:11
Alan Hirsch outlines the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4 (APEST).
2
How to grow leaders
13:44
Bishop Ric Thorpe discusses the four steps to growing new leaders.
3
Self care in leadership
17:30
Ron Bushyager discusses ways for leaders to take care of their personal development.
4
Servant leadership
15:00

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell draws on Proverbs to discuss leadership as a servant of Jesus Christ.

5
Fostering innovation
18:34

Wole Agbaje outlines six tips to foster innovation in your church.

6
Managing conflict pt. 1
17:50

Ron Bushyager discusses ways to manage conflict in your church.

7
Managing conflict pt. 2
15:26
Ron Bushyager discusses ways to manage conflict in your church.
8
Presenting your true self
20:09
Ron Bushyager discusses the interplay between our authentic self and the false self developed to meet society's expectations.
9
Gethsemane – A practice for handling stress
11:10

Michael Harvey discusses what we can learn from how Jesus handles stress in the garden of Gethsemane.

10
Catholic formation
18:08
Fr Christopher Trundle discusses six ways of discipleship inspired by the Catholic tradition.
11
What is discipleship?
09:11
Darren Wolf discusses the principles of discipleship outlined in the New Testament.
12
How to disciple children and youth
13:58
Sam Donoghue discusses ways of discipling children in your church community.
13
Three principles in discipling young people
15:00

In this video, James and Temi discuss three guiding principles for discipling young people.

14
Building teams
17:09
Andy Blacknell gives an overview of the ideal team player and important hiring principles.
15
Lencioni’s pyramid of trust
07:35
Raje Ballagan discusses teamwork as a pyramid of needs outlined by Patrick Lencioni.
16
Running small groups
14:41
Lois Tackie-Oblie discusses key questions to lead thriving small groups.

3. Mission

1
The post-quarantine church
29:56
Thom Rainer discusses the long lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on churches worldwide.
2
Who are we inviting?
10:57

Jess Locke discusses how to identify and focus on who you are talking to as a church.

3
The path to integration
04:35
Rochelle Bond outlines five steps to integrating newcomers into your church.
4
Communicating Catholic faith
13:40

Fr Matthew Cashmore discusses ways to effectively communicate your church vision.

5
Building a digital communications strategy
11:51

Jessica Locke discusses the fundamental principles in building a digital communications strategy.

6
Steps to improve your website
04:58
Rochelle Bond outlines five steps to improve your website.
7
Three steps to inviting
07:35

Michael Harvey outlines three steps to foster a culture of invitation in your church.

8
Looking after our buildings
10:15

Martin Euden discusses ways we can look after buildings to maximise their impact on our community.

9
ACORN – A practice of reaching out
07:57

In this video, Michael Harvey outlines a 5 step spiritual practice to reach out to our neighbours.

4. Multiplication

1
Multiplication model
06:37
Ric Thorpe discusses a change of perspective when multiplying churches and disciples.
2
Leadership pipeline
09:02
Bishop Ric Thorpe draws on Exodus 18 to discuss ways of developing a pipeline of leaders leading other leaders.
3
The five levels of multiplication
05:33
Ric Thorpe introduces a helpful tool when thinking about church growth and multiplication.
4
Becoming a church planting church
06:52
Following the five levels of multiplication, Ric Thorpe discusses practical ways to become a church-planting church.
5
Planting small churches
24:05

Brian Sanders discusses practical ways to enable church planting on a small scale.

6
Pioneers
06:47

Phil Hoyle outlines what a pioneering approach to mission might look like in your parish.

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Enrolled: 92 students
Lectures: 39

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