Resources for Setting God's People Free

National Church Resources: Articles, resources and the latest updates on Setting God's People Free.

Church of England SGPF Webpage
An introduction to SGPF, links to articles and resources and the latest updates.
https://www.churchofengland.org/SGPF

Setting God’s People Free – Report from the Archbishops' Council
The full report as presented to General Synod (36 pages).
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/GS%20Misc%202056%20Setting%20God%27s%20People%20Free.pdf

Setting God’s People Free – Summary version of the report for discussion in Deaneries and PCCs
A summarised version with discussion questions to help us engage with the report, assess our context, challenges and opportunities and begin to implement culture change.
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/Setting%20God%27s%20People%20Free%20-%20Summary%20Version.pdf

Setting God’s People Free for… Monday to Saturday (as well as Sunday!)
Seven small shifts that will make a big difference to the way we worship, pray and support each other in our everyday faith.
https://www.churchofengland.org/mondaytosaturday 
 



Small Group Resources: Bible study guides, short films and prayer cards

Fruitfulness on the Frontline
Delve into the rich ways God works in and through us right where we are through this book, discussion guide, DVD, prayer cards and other resources for small groups including a version designed for use with children and youth. From The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
https://www.licc.org.uk/ourresources/fruitfulness

The whole of life for Christ - Enriching everyday discipleship (Book)
Antony Billington and Mark Green. (IVP 2016)
A Bible study resource for groups or individuals in 7 parts exploring how we can live out the truth that the gospel is an invitation to whole-life discipleship and into life following and imitating Jesus.
 



Worship Resources: Material to help churches connect Sunday to the rest of the week through their worship

Whole Life Worship (Book)
Sam and Sara Hargreaves (IVP, 2017).
This book provides biblically grounded practical ideas and resources to help churches connect Sunday to the rest of the week through their worship. The book draws on examples and stories from various church traditions, to demonstrate how different kinds of Christian spirituality engage worshipfully with everyday life, and our gathered worship can have a more outward dimension.

Setting God’s People Free – Worship and Liturgy Resources (PDF)
This booklet of resources has been drawn together by our Diocesan Worship Advisor Andy Stinson with liturgy to supplement Common Worship material that emphasises the link between our lives in the world and shared corporate worship. The resource provides and ideas, words and prayers for the key points of the service in ‘Gathering’, ‘Offertory’ and ‘Dismissal’.
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Setting God’s People Free – A Missional Eucharist (PDF)
Liturgy for a Celebration of Holy Communion on the theme of Mission compiled by Andy Stinson with material from Common Worship resources and original material by Andy Stinson.
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Preaching Materials: Sermon outlines to encourage fruitfulness in the places we find ourselves every day

Fruitfulness on the Frontline | Central Texts
Follow the main biblical passages used in the small group course.
https://www.licc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Central-Texts-Sermon-Outlines.pdf

Fruitfulness at Colossae
Sermon notes based on the book of Colossians.
https://www.licc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Colossians-Sermon-Outlines.pdf

Fruitfulness in Scripture
Sermon notes exploring the theme of fruitfulness in the big story of Scripture.
https://www.licc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fruitfulness-Sermon-Outlines.pdf

 


 

Books: For individuals, churches and church leaders

Fruitfulness on the Frontline: Making a Difference Where You Are
Mark Greene (IVP, 2014).
Aimed and individuals and small groups, in this horizon-expanding, spirit-lifting book Mark Greene serves up a liberating view of how God can and does work through us in our daily lives. Whether you are a student or retired, at the gym or at work, at the school gate or in the supermarket, here is a fresh framework for being a fruitful follower of Jesus on your frontline. With many real-life stories which spark the imagination.

Imagine Church: Releasing Whole Life Disciples
Neil Hudson (IVP, 2012).
Aimed more at church leaders this book gives guidance, resources, real-life stories and practical examples to help bring about culture change in the local church, by equipping disciples to live out their faith in the realities of the day-to-day world.

Leading a Whole-Life Disciplemaking Church 
Tracy Cotterell and Neil Hudson (Grove Leadership Series, 2012).
Covers similar ground to the ‘Imagine Church’ book in a shorter format.

Whole Life Whole Bible – 50 Readings on Living the Light of Scripture
Antony Billington (BRF, 2012).
A personal daily bible study and prayer resource with 50 readings and reflections that fuel our imaginations to take the Lord of life into the whole of life. The questions provided help us think about how we fashion our daily life as we live in God's world, in the light of God's word, wherever we are.

Scattered and Gathered - Equipping disciples for the frontline.
Neil Hudson (IVP, 2019)
This is a book that is based on the latest of LICC's thinking and methods of supporting churches with their practice of ministry. Each chapter will help church leaders to move past good intentions into knowing how the practices of their church will lead to the development of confident front-line-focused disciples. 
 



Courses and Training Events: Programmes to encourage whole-life discipleship

Cursillo is a long-established method to help people grow and share their faith. It has a particular focus on encouraging the whole people of God to live as effective disciples in everyday life, including the workplace, the home and their neighbourhood. Christians from across different church traditions in this diocese have benefited from Cursillo, including those for whom the sacraments are central to their Christian life. There are residential weekends in the diocese each May and October, or else those interested could engage with Cursillo via local discipleship groups. For more information see their website

An introductory video about Cursillo can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/258531387
 



Helpful Websites: Links to a variety of organisations that have common aims to SGPF

London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
The LICC website has good resources at including articles and videos, on church and work and engaging with contemporary culture.
https://www.licc.org.uk/resources

The Great Commission
A very helpful website from the Evangelical Alliance, with resources and stories about Christian 
witness in everyday life, with inspiring downloadable videos.
https://greatcommission.co.uk

The Theology of Work Project
Based in North America, this is an interdenominational project encouraging Christians to engage effectively with the world of work: 
www.theologyofwork.org

Salt of the Earth
A network in Chester Diocese which seeks to help people make real connections between faith and the world of work.
www.saltoftheearthnetwork.net

 



Newsletters: Archive of SGPF Newsletters from the Diocese of Chester, with stories, prayers and ideas