Stepwise: for all of life - Introduction
Eastern Synod were due to launch the Stepwise programme at March Synod Meeting. Unfortunately the meeting was cancelled due to the Coronavirus shutdown, and this will be postponed, therefore until the October Synod Meeting. Some established Stepwise groups are continuing using online technology, but this would be a difficult programme to initiate under these circumstances.
Pilot sessions of Stepwise became available in 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, each stream contains stepping stones or modules. The streams are being designed ecumenically where possible, to include new and existing resources. The five streams are: Find out more about the five streams here.
Faith-filled life - Faith-fuelled leadership - Faith-filled confidence - Faith-filled community
Stepwise is a programme of learning and discipleship development for everyone – including you! – whether you are exploring and enriching your personal faith life, discerning where God’s call on your life may be leading, preparing for a new direction, or developing a specific role within your community or church.
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. It is for people of all ages and backgrounds. Stepwise is an integral part of Walking the Way , the United Reformed Church’s focus on whole-life discipleship and mission.
How Does Stepwise Work?
Stepwise works by combining different kinds of activities. In order to complete any Stepwise stream you will do all of the following:
- Be a member of a local Stepwise group;
- follow guided material online via the Stepwise Hub; as well as
- have meetings with a Stepwise mentor.
Faith-filled Life, the opening Stepwise stream, will take you about three months to complete. The other streams contain more material and may take up to 12 months each. View: How Does Stepwise Work for more information.