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: Health Check

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.

2. Vocation: Forward Planning

1
What is your vision?
07:53
Andy Blacknell discusses the components of a successful vision.
2
Barriers to growth
08:00
Darren Wolf talks about the 6 challenges that can slow down church growth.
3
Mapping
09:28
Andy Blacknell outlines the contents of a leader's map.
4
Leading change
14:11
Andy Blacknell discusses an eight-step model for change and how to implement six change drivers.

3. Formation: Leadership

1
Five types of leader
11:11
Alan Hirsch outlines the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4 (APEST).
2
Growing leaders
13:44
Bishop Ric Thorpe discusses the four steps to growing new leaders.
3
Self care
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
Innovative leadership
18:34
Wole Agbaje outlines six tips to foster innovation in your church.
6
Conflict pt. 1
17:50
Ron Bushyager discusses ways to manage conflict in your church.
7
Conflict pt. 2
15:26
Ron Bushyager discusses ways to manage conflict in your church.
8
True self or false self?
20:09
Ron Bushyager discusses the interplay between our authentic self and the false self developed to meet society's expectations.

4. Formation: Discipleship

1
Catholic formation
18:08
Fr Christopher Trundle discusses six ways of discipleship inspired by the Catholic tradition.
2
What is discipleship?
09:11
Darren Wolf discusses the principles of discipleship outlined in the New Testament.
3
Three principles in discipling young people
15:00

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

4
Discipling children and youth
13:58
Sam Donoghue discusses ways of discipling children in your church community.

5. Formation: Teams

1
Building teams
17:09
Andy Blacknell gives an overview of the ideal team player and important hiring principles.
2
Lencioni’s pyramid
07:35
Raje Ballagan discusses teamwork as a pyramid of needs outlined by Patrick Lencioni.
3
Small groups
14:41
Lois Tackie-Oblie discusses key questions to lead thriving small groups.
4
The 5 dysfunctions of a team
20:05
Naomi Partridge discusses Lencioni's 5 dysfunctions of a team.
5
How to build an effective team
16:23
Naomi Partridge discusses practical ways of making sure your team works well together.

6. Mission: Invitation

1
Communicating Catholic faith
13:40
Fr Matthew Cashmore discusses ways to effectively communicate your church vision.
2
Building a digital communications strategy
11:51
Jessica Locke discusses the fundamental principles in building a digital communications strategy.

7. Mission: Welcoming

1
Steps to improve your website
04:58
Rochelle Bond outlines five steps to improve your website.
2
The path to integration
04:35
Rochelle Bond outlines five steps to integrating newcomers into your church.
3
The post-quarantine church
29:56
Thom Rainer discusses the long lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on churches worldwide.

8. 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.
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Enrolled: 43 students
Lectures: 33

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