“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transFORMed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12v2
“GO and make disciples of all nations” Matt 28v19
FORM; GO is a life-transFORMing, year-long hands-on discipleship and leadership course for 18-30 year olds running from September to June. Form is an exciting year of being challenged and transformed; it is a strong foundation to build the rest of your life on. Giving God space to change us, living in community and reaching out with God's love.
The course takes place 2.5 days a week, living in community and you support yourself financially by getting a part-time job, living out what you are learning in the ‘real world’.
It is a year to be intentional about pursuing God, to push into mission and get a solid foundation for rest of your life. All in the context of a strong community.
It is not an easy year, it involves openness and vulnerability, being up for being challenged and changed but it is also a lot of fun surrounded by great leaders making a real difference in exciting communities.
Stop. Make space for God to get to you
One day a week (Thursday) you will be based at Westwood Church with Anne Richardson. This will involve teaching on how we actually live out Jesus’ commands and discovering more about who God is and how he has made you. Teaching is based around lifeshapes and covenant and kingdom. It will involve experiencing different ways of encountering God and processing what is going on in your life and what God is teaching you through huddles.
There will also be several weekends away together to go deeper with God and each other as well as a week-long mission trip over the Easter holidays. The term dates reflect the Coventry school term dates, including the half-terms.
There are 3 different bases which you can apply to serve one day a week (Wednesday) and live in a community house. You will also get involved in their community the rest of the week:WoodEnd/Spirit Quarters led by Jenny and Gareth Irvine
An exciting new base in the North of the city, Gareth and Jenny are recently ordained pioneer missionaries. A year ago they started a new missional community reaching out to one of Coventry’s most deprived areas which includes a weekly Kidz Klub, supporting a local school and working with the communitiy.
Canley led by Laura Dawson and Catherine Findley
Canley is an established missional community who have lots of exciting things going on, especially with children and young people and are experiencing new growth in lots of areas of their mission in a deprived area close to Church. You will be involved in going into 2 local schools working with the children and parents there and and setting up a prayer space in one of the schools. You will also be doing home visits as well as getting involved in community projects such as gardening.
Student community led by Arun Mahtani and Chernise Neo
You will have 2-3 days a week to get a part-time job outside of these times. We see this as an important part of the course, giving you a chance to live out what you are learning with God in the ‘real’ world and support yourself financially. For many people, learning how to be a follower of Christ in the workplace is essential grounding in a long-term walk of discipleship.
Form is a year spent going deeper with God and investing in your relationship with Him. It gives you space to find out who you are and what you were made to do and is designed to be a foundation, giving you the skills, character and passion to change the world for Jesus. You will be stretched missionally in the context of a close community of faith asking the hard questions.
Every Form year is different and it is amazing to go on a journey together as a family growing closer to God and going through the adventures and challenges of the year together. Form is at the heart of the Church and it is a great opportunity to get involved in the life of the Church and have access and input from some amazing leaders. It also gives you a chance to be strategically involved and at the heart of the mission of Westwood Church, seeing real people’s lives touched by Jesus.
There are lots of things you could do with a year, but we believe this is the best use of your valuable time because it actually changes you and develops and matures you so that you operate in the fullness and power of God and are securely grounded in Him. It is done in the context of real life, so it is affordable and you put into practise what you are learning straight-away. It also gives you amazing opportunities to see communities transformed and build your leadership, organizational and social skills which are transferable to the workplace!
Whatever God is calling you to do in the future, Form is invaluable preparation for it and will enable you to live out the fullness of life God has for you!
“Form has been incredible – such an amazing period of time of growth and blessing”
“Form changed my life. I didn’t know where I was seeking my security before. Now it’s securely in Him as I’m starting to realise how good He is.”
“So much learning, so much God, so much love. Friends that will last a lifetime. Ready to live for God and serve Him in the world. Great times gone and great times ahead!”
“Form has helped me discover who I am in God. I no longer worry about the future! Thank you God.”
“I learnt more about God in head and heart. It’s such fun. I really highly encourage you to do it.”
Fees for FORM; GO 2013/14 year will be approximately £1200. This covers all teaching, materials, trips away (not including the annual mission, for which we fund raise) and meals together. This needs to be paid before you start the course in September and an initial deposit of £300 will be required to confirm your place on the course. Time and time again we have seen God provide for people on Form so please do not worry about money, if it is what God has for you to do He will provide everything you need. See Matthew 6v19-34.
There are Form centres across the country, including at Network Church Sheffield. We are a part of the Covenant and Kingdom network.
Paper copies are on the Form notice board at Westwood Church. There will then be an interview process and we will process if FORM; GO is what God is calling you to.
The closing date for applications is 31st July 2013.
If you have ANY questions come and talk to Anne Richardson or email email@example.com