Faith book and conference enjoy healthy demand

Strong demand for the latest ‘Learn’ publication and an extra ‘Faith in Community’ conference this autumn are evidence that church members need and value resources that help people develop their faith.

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An image from Learn Exploring Faith with an inset of the book's cover

More than 1,000 copies of Learn: Exploring Faith, the latest book in the Mission and Discipleship Council’s award-winning Learn series, have been purchased by church members across Scotland. Beautifully designed with contributions from ministers, theologians and committed church members, the book has been welcomed by congregations as a way to introduce newcomers to Christian beliefs and what it means to belong to a Church.

Rev Colin Sinclair, minister of Palmerston Place Church, Edinburgh, strongly recommends the book.

“We used Exploring faith with three people who were considering Church membership,” he said. “One on leave from the Forces said it answered all his questions and went on to profess faith a few weeks later. The other two also found it helpful and are active members now in the congregation.”

At the same time the council has decided to organise an extra Faith in Community 2016 conference after three conferences in Glasgow, Dumfries and Inverness all sold out earlier this year.

Focused on helping volunteers, youth workers, ministers and other church members gain knowledge and skills in working with children and young people, the fourth Faith in Community 2016 conference, ‘For churches with few or no children’, will take place in Edinburgh on 29 October.

Anyone interested in attending is urged to book as soon as possible, since 100 people have already registered and this event also looks likely to be a sell-out.

Praise for Learn: Exploring Faith has included testimonials from across the country.

Rev Jamie Milliken, minister of Portland Church in Troon said his church hosted a small group of people who used the book as a starting point for their discussions.

“The sessions proved to be really valuable to everyone involved and following individual discussions, three of the teenagers joined the congregation,” he says.

“Exploring Faith has proved to be a really helpful resource for sharing the substance of our faith and priming discussion.It has encouraged people to discover and understand our faith today and enabled them to confess the Christian faith with integrity, knowing what it is to be a disciple of Jesus and member of his Church.I heartedly recommend it to others.”

Among the many contributors to Learn: Exploring Faith are: Donald MacEwan, a university chaplain at the University of St Andrews, Professor David Fergusson, principal of Edinburgh University’s New College, Kathy Galloway, former head of Christian Aid Scotland, Andrew MacPherson, Moderator of the National Youth Assembly and Fiona Marks, who heads the charity Care for the Family Scotland.