Welcome to Stepwise, the United Reformed Church’s intergenerational discipleship programme. From here you can read our leaflet to get an overview of what’s involved, and watch an introductory video.

Stepwise will become available on a phased basis from September 2018, providing participants with a combination of learning opportunities through: a local group, one-to-one sessions with a mentor, project-based activities, and online materials. The programme is offered on a modular basis across five streams. The first, Faith-filled Life, is recommended as the starting point for everyone who signs up, whatever their background, and will take about three months to complete. Find out more about the five streams here.

Stepwise aims to deepen discipleship and encourage Christian confidence in today’s world, taking seriously the many and varied settings in which believers find themselves at work, at play and involved in community life.

Each stream will include optional assignments for participants who are taking the programme for recognition purposes by their congregation, Synod or the URC General Assembly. An internal validation system is currently being developed, with the intention that credit can be accumulated across the streams.

If you have comments or questions about Stepwise contact us at stepwise@urc.org.uk
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We make these papers available to the wider URC membership asking that people be aware that they are discussion documents and that many changes may be made as a result of Mission Council decisions.

Late papers:

Life as a Jesus Disciple

  • Accompany someone to join a group
  • Befriend a church user group
  • Mentor others in discipleship activities
  • Subscribe to a cause
  • Subscribe to secular media outlets
  • Contribute to discussion forums
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Personal Walk

  • Keep a Spiritual journal
  • Pray a prayer from somewhere else
  • Enjoy Bible Study
  • Practice a spiritual discipline
  • Express my discipleship
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  • test 2
  • test 3
  • test 4
  • Help local groups join large pilgrimages and campaigns
  • Participate in cross church teams
  • Link with other churches for learning

Walk with a few

  • Lead/join a book group
  • Lead/join a discussion group
  • Lead/join a local justice group
  • Contribute to Worship
  • Lead Special Services
  • Coordinate/join a prayer chain
  • Coordinate/join a prayer group
  • Coordinate/help a church activity
  • Coordinate/help a community activity

Walk with many

  • Participate in pilgrimages
  • Partner with charities & particular work
  • Participate in justice campaigns
  • Contribute to public worship events
  • Engage in church & community partnerships

Walk Alone

Discipline

  • WtW Resources

Keep a Spiritual journal

  • Appreciating Church Spiritual Journal

Pray a prayer from somewhere else

  • URC Daily Devotional

Enjoy Bible Study

  • Stepwise Bible Courses

Practice a spiritual discipline

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    test 2

      test 3

        test 4

          Walk with one other

          Discipline

          • WtW Resources

          Accompany someone to join a group

          • WtW Mentoring Training
          • LICC materials
          • Safeguarding training

          Befriend a church user group

          • New? - guidance showing intentionality of non-officer link w church groups

          Mentor others in discipleship activities

          • WtW Mentoring training
          • LICC Materials
          • Safeguarding training

          Walk a step with many

          Discipline

          • WtW Resources

          Subscribe to a cause

          • New? - links to justice organisations - info held by Church & Society
          • Society
          • JPIT materials
          • Christian Aid Materials

          Subscribe to secular media outlets

          • New? - links to trusted (not fake) news outlets of all varieties (and countries) - guidance
          • New? - how to engage with EMPs, MPs, Local councillors

          Contribute to discussion forums

          • Comms training on safe use of public media
          • New? - material from comms on how to engage in online for a (Facebook, Twitter, media outlet comments)

          test 1

            Walk with a few

            Discipline

            • WtW Resources

            Lead/join a book group

            • New? - simple ways to find local book groups
            • Stepwise - leading groups

            Lead/join a discussion group

            • Stepwise - leading groups

            Lead/join a local justice group

            • JPIT resources

            Contribute to Worship

            • Stepwise - worship courses

            Lead Special Services

            • Stepwise - worship courses
            • Authorised Elders sacrament training

            Coordinate/join a prayer chain

            • Stepwise - leadership training
            • New? - material on prayer chains and their use?
            • Safeguarding training on spiritual abuse

            Coordinate/join a prayer group

            • Holy Habits
            • New? - material on prayer groups
            • New? - link to URC intentional community local groups
            • Safeguarding training on spiritual abuse

            Coordinate/help a church activity

            • Stepwise - leadership training

            Coordinate/help a community activity

            Step with a few to walk with many

            Discipline

            • WtW Resources

            Help local groups join large pilgrimages and campaigns

            • JPIT

            Participate in cross church teams

            • URC Mission - ecumenical materials

            Link with other churches for learning

            • Education & Learning - learning communities

            Walk with many

            Discipline

            • WtW Resources

            Participate in pilgrimages

            • Holy Habits?
            • New? - link to pilgrimages materials

            Partner with charities & particular work

            • Stepwise - community engagement courses

            Participate in justice campaigns

            • JPIT materials
            • Stepwise - community engagement courses

            Contribute to public worship events

            • LICC?

            Engage in church & community partnerships

            • Stepwise - community engagement courses

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            It cannot cover comprehensively everything that any church might ever do with data but churches following this guidance should be well on their way to compliance.

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            We make these papers available to the wider URC membership asking that people be aware that they are discussion documents and that many changes may be made as a result of Mission Council decisions.

            Late papers: