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The course curriculum for the Inspire School of Discipleship is structured around three main areas: Missional Discipleship, Fellowship Band and House Fellowship (Missional Communities). We offer courses under each main area, and also some Focussed Learning Communities. You can read more about the ethos of all our training here.

Please note, to register for courses you must go to Online Course Schedule and In-Person Course Schedule.

Missional Discipleship

The courses listed below will delve into the nature of Missional Discipleship as shaped by the Inspire Way of Life: seeking growth in our love of God and neighbor, using spiritual disciplines as a means of grace, sharing fellowship on the journey of discipleship, and engaging mission by sharing faith with others in word and deed. Courses are reinforced through the practice of Fellowship Band.

Fellowship Bands

Inspire Fellowship Bands are small groups of three or four close friends who meet regularly for spiritual conversation. Band meetings help us become more committed followers of Jesus, who grow in his likeness from the inside out. They encourage us to keep in step with his Spirit, as whole-life disciples and everyday missionaries. The following courses will equip you for the practice of Fellowship Band:

House Fellowship / Missional Community

A House Fellowship is a small community of disciples (6-20 people), meeting as an extended family and sharing life together: by eating and praying together, searching the Scriptures and sharing wisdom, and helping each other grow as whole-life disciples. Missional communities encourage one another to live as everyday missionaries: who befriend their neighbors and invite them home to share life among the community, so they can grow in discipleship together. Our course curriculum delves into the nature of starting, developing, and sustaining this ministry.

Focused Learning Community

A focused learning community is a group of like-minded people who come together in small for conversation, teaching and learning. These learning communities are organised periodically, and upon request. Some of them require an application. Below are Inspire Focused Learning Communities that we can help you start and/or join in. Contact us to talk to an Inspire Missioner about how to join in any of these focused learning communities.

Below you will find courses we are currently offering. Online courses follow our Online Learning Community format. To learn more click here. You can read about all of our current courses and those under development in our full curriculum.

Please note the course schedule listed below is for online courses only.

The majority of the courses below are offered to accommodate an international cohort across multiple time zones, but we can also offer alternative times that may suit USA and Asia participants better. Contact us to arrange custom training.

Click on the titles below for more information. Some dates for courses have not yet been confirmed. You can still register your interest and we will contact you when more details are available.

If you have any problem registering for a course, please contact us at: school@inspiremovement.org

Expand the course details by clicking on the titles. Then enter the course code in the registration form beneath the list. Thank you.

2024 Course Schedule

Missional Discipleship and Fellowship Band (IM02-2024)

Date: 2 April – 7 May

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 1 p.m. Central / 7 p.m. UK/Ireland

This 6-week online course explores a vision for whole-life discipleship and everyday mission. You will learn how to seek growth in discipleship as a way of life on mission with God, use spiritual disciplines as a means of daily intimacy with Jesus, and share fellowship that helps us keep in step with his Spirit in our ordinary circumstances. This introductory course provides a big picture overview of Missional Discipleship and the purpose of Fellowship Bands and House Fellowships, as well as their place in the wider life of the church. At the weekly zoom meetings there will be conversation and teaching and the opportunity to experience Fellowship Band.

  • Session 1 – Orientation and Introduction 
  • Session 2 – Mission-Shaped Discipleship  
  • Session 3 – Discipleship as a Way of Life
  • Session 4 – The Ethos of Fellowship Band and House Fellowship
  • Session 5 – Spirituality for Everyday Mission
  • Session 6 – The Practicalities of Fellowship Band and Sending Out 

Select Course Code: IM02-2023

Please note: The registration fee does not apply for this course

Closing Date for registration on this course is: 31 March 2024

If you are interested in this course but the day/time does not work for you, please get in touch. We may be able to organise a cohort at a different time/day. Contact us at: school@inspiremovement.org

Introduction to House Fellowship (HF01-2024)

Date: 18 April – 16 May

Day: Thursdays

Time: 1 p.m. Central / 7 p.m. UK&Ireland

This 6-week course is an introduction to Inspire House Fellowships. It explores how to envision, start, develop and multiply house fellowships, and their importance as part of an ecology of fellowships with Fellowship Band and Learning Communities. As well using a number of resources, this learning community provides practical wisdom and experience for House Fellowships. This course uses the book House Fellowship: A Quick Guide. Click here to see a preview and/or order.

Please note:

  • We recommend that you take the Intro to Band and/or the Intro to Missional Discipleship BEFORE you take this course, as they provide a helpful foundation for you to get maximum benefit from this course.

Select Course Code: HF02-2023

Closing Date for registration on this course is: 16 April 2024

If you are interested in this course but the day/time does not work for you, please get in touch. We may be able to organise a cohort at a different time/day. Contact us at: school@inspiremovement.org

The DNA of Discipleship

Date: Contact us

Day: To be arranged

Time: To be arranged

This 5-week focused learning community meets as a small group of up to 6 people. It uses the book, The DNA of Discipleship: the way of Jesus, Wesleyan spirituality and making disciples, to explore the life of Jesus and how he draws us into a life of intimacy and imitation. You can see a sample of the book on the Inspire Book Store.

Four thematic focused study groups running for 5 weeks each:

  1. Following Jesus
  2. Wesleyan Spirituality
  3. Discipleship Movement
  4. Making Disciples

We plan these focused learning communities on a regular basis but we arrange dates and times with each cohort. Please register your interest using the form below and we will contact you. Once dates are set for a focused learning community we also update this page so you can register for a planned cohort.

Select Course Code: DNA-2024

Skills of Spiritual Conversation (SC01-2024)

Date: Please contact us to arrange

Day:

Time:

This 6-week course explores the role of spiritual conversation in small groups for growth in whole-life discipleship and everyday mission. You will learn how to follow Jesus, and keep in step with his Spirit, through the skills of accountability, double listening, asking good questions, sharing wisdom and resolving to follow through in our daily lives.

  • Session 1 – Orientation and Introduction 
  • Session 2 – Giving an Account 
  • Session 3 – Double Listening
  • Session 4 – Asking Good Questions
  • Session 5 – Sharing Spiritual Wisdom
  • Session 6 – Committing to Follow 

Please note:

  • We recommend that you take the Intro to Fellowship Band and/or the Intro to Missional Discipleship BEFORE you take this course, as they provide a helpful foundation for you to get maximum benefit from this course.

Select Course Code: SC01-2024

If you are interested in this course but the day/time does not work for you, please get in touch. We may be able to organise a cohort at a different time/day. Contact us at: school@inspiremovement.org

Biblical Principles of Missional Community (MC01-2024)

Date: Contact us to arrange a cohort

Day:

Time:

This course delves into the Biblical principles for Missional Community. Missional Communities encourage one another to live as everyday missionaries: who befriend their neighbors and invite them home to share life among the community, so they can grow in discipleship together. Below is the course outline:

  • Session 1: Introduction
  • Session 2: The Mission of God
  • Session 3: Our Great Commission
  • Session 4: Everyday Missionaries
  • Session 5: Home as Mission Base
  • Session 6: Rhythms of Missional Community
  • Session 7: Q&A, Wrapping Up and What Next?

Select Course Code: MC01-2024

Please note: We recommend that you take the Intro to Missional Discipleship and/or the Intro to Fellowship Band before, alongside, or soon after, you take this course, as they provide a helpful foundation for you to get maximum benefit from this course.

Closing Date for registration on this course is: …

If you are interested in this course but the day/time does not work for you, please get in touch. We may be able to organise a cohort at a different time/day. Contact us at: school@inspiremovement.org

Discipline of Fasting - Focused Study Group

Date: Contact us

Day: TBC

Time: 1 p.m. Central / 7 p.m. UK/Ireland

This 6-week focused learning community meets as a small group of up to 12 people. It uses the book, Practical Guide to the Discipline of Fasting. Each week we will focus on Jesus, read a short extract from the book, reflect on the reading, practice the discipline of fasting and meet for conversation and encouragement. You can see a sample of the book and order a copy on the Inspire Book Store.

This focused learning community is running as Lenten study but may be available at other times if you would like to participate yourself or join in with a small group. Contact us for more information: school@inspiremovement.org

Select Course Code: FAST-2024

Please note: The registration fee does not apply for this course

Contact us to participate in the next study group.

Discipleship as a Way of Life

Date: Contact us to arrange a cohort

Day:

Time:

This 5-week course delves into Jesus’ way of life, which can be summed up in four core areas: seeking growth, using disciplines, sharing fellowship, and engaging mission. See course outline below:

  • Session 1:Orientation and Introduction
  • Session 2:  Longing for More of God. Seeking growth, the secret of spiritual hunger, and living from our longings.
  • Session 3:  Staying Connected to Grace. Using spiritual disciplines as means of grace, and practicing the presence of God in daily life.
  • Session 4:  Investing in Spiritual Friendships. Sharing fellowship, the dynamics of group spiritual direction, and mentoring one another as disciples.
  • Session 5:  Following God’s Lead. Engaging Mission, sensing the impulses of the Spirit, and surrendering to his movements

Please note:

  • We recommend that you take the Intro to Band and/or the Intro to Missional Discipleship BEFORE you take this course, as they provide a helpful foundation for you to get maximum benefit from this course.

Select Course Code: WL01-2023

If you are interested in participating in this online learning community, please register for WL01-2023 and we will be in touch with more details. Thank you.

Introduction to Fellowship Band (FB02-2024)

Date: Contact us to arrange a cohort

Day:

Time:

This 6-week course is an introduction to Inspire Fellowship Bands and how they are a means of pursuing Jesus’ way of life and growing as missional disciples. We will unpack the characteristics and rhythms of a band meeting as well as practical advice on how to start and sustain your journey in Fellowship Band. You can watch a short introduction to Fellowship Bands HERE

  • Session 1 – Orientation: Why Fellowship Band?
  • Session 2 – Following the Way of Life
  • Session 3 – Characteristics of a Fellowship Band
  • Session 4 – Starting the Fellowship Band Journey
  • Session 5 – Rhythms of Discipleship 

Please note: We recommend that you take the Intro to Missional Discipleship BEFORE, or at the same time as, you take this course, as this provides a helpful foundation for you to get maximum benefit from this course.

Select Course Code: FB02-2024

If you are interested in this course but the day/time does not work for you, please get in touch. We may be able to organise a cohort at a different time/day. Contact us at: school@inspiremovement.org

REGISTER HERE

After you submit the form below you will receive an email within 48 hours to confirm receipt and give details of how to complete your registration. There is a registration fee of £10/€12/$15 for each online course. This fee covers the administration that is necessary to enrol you and give you access to all the resources for the course. Assistance is available in the case of financial hardship. There will be an opportunity to make a donation during the course to help us continue offering online learning communities with no tuition fees.

Additional Notes

  • For FMC-UK: For CMC participants please add ‘FMC-CMC’ to the notes field so that we can enrol you accordingly. Thank you.

Welcome

For over a fifteen years the Inspire Movement has been committed to developing Missional Discipleship in the leadership and life of the church. Our vision is to help all Christians live as whole-life disciples and everyday missionaries, who abide deeply with God and live missionally in the world. At the heart of this movement is discipleship as a Way of Life, in particular pursuing Jesus’ way of life!

We believe this vision of discipleship cannot be pursued alone. For this reason, the Inspire School of Discipleship will not only help you catch the vision for Missional Discipleship, but give you practical tools for how to pursue this life with others through the means of Fellowship Band and House Fellowship. The School is primarily concerned with developing online training for network of participants that extends around the world. In-person training is also offered by our regional Missioner Teams.

The menu above has links to our course curriculum, upcoming courses, and other school news. Take time to look over the site and let us know if you have any questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the School for?

The short answer, anyone! But especially those who are hungry for more of God and desire growing as whole-life disciples and everyday missionaries. More specifically the school is for church leaders, planters, and members desiring to cultivate a disciple-making culture within the life of the church and to start authentic Christian communities.

What is the purpose of the Inspire School of Discipleship?

The primary purpose of the Inspire School of Discipleship is to train and equip people around the vision of Inspire, which we call Missional Discipleship. We do this by helping people pursue Jesus’ way of life through means of Fellowship Band, House Fellowship, and Learning Communities. We believe as people pursue Jesus’ way of life they will grow as whole-life disciples and everyday missionaries, abiding more deeply in Jesus and living in step with his Spirit in the day-to-day.

How will I benefit from taking courses?

We believe our course curriculum will help you grow as whole-life disciples and everyday missionaries. This means you will learn how to grow in your relationship with Jesus but also how to become more missional in your day-to-day. We also believe our course curriculum will challenge how you view your discipleship to Jesus, as well as give you the practical tools to move forward in your discipleship.

How will the School help my church?

The courses in the School will help your church gain a vision for Missional Discipleship and how to pursue it. It will help your church cultivate an inside-out disciple-making movement that doesn’t rely on church activities to grow the church. Instead, the school will equip your church staff, leaders, and members to take responsibility for their discipleship to Jesus, not having to rely on the church to grow spiritually. For this reason, we believe God will use the school to spark both personal and corporate renewal in your church.

How are the online courses delivered?

Our online courses are adapted from the principle of Learning Communities. You can learn more HERE.

How much do courses cost?

We try not to charge for our courses, but there are costs associated with in-person and online courses. We charge a minimal registration fee for online courses to help cover some of the admin costs to get participants set up on the courses. We also ask all participants to make a donation to Inspire, and/or become a regular giver. This makes it possible for us to continue offering training. For each course we will list its operational cost & a recommended giving amount. To give to Inspire click HERE.

Why are many of the online courses timed to be in the middle of the day in the USA and the middle of the night in Asia?

The benefit of taking online courses through our School is that we have a growing network of people from around the world. We have learned from previous online Learning Communities (courses) that participants highly value this opportunity. Following our courses we’ve even had participants from around the world end up starting their own online Fellowship Band with others from the Learning Community itself.

For this reason, we try to maintain an international connection in our courses. This does present a challenge in navigating time-zones and can particularly be a problem for those in the USA who work during the day, or those in Asia who will be in bed!

Some of the courses offer an evening (USA), early morning +1 (Asia), cohort. We hope this gives access to more people.

If the times of our courses are impossible for you, we may be able to facilitate other options for training. If that applies to you please contact us directly.

Do I have to engage all the sessions / video conferences?

We expect participants to engage all of the sessions, contribute to the discussions and participate in the weekly video conference. Our Learning Communities are as much, if not more, about the fellowship of the community than the curriculum itself.

Can I bring a group to a Learning Community?

Attending a Learning Community with your small group, leadership team, and/or spouse, or friends, can be a good way to help cultivate a culture of Missional Discipleship in your context.

Can we arrange a course for our group / church / organization?

Yes, we can do this. Please contact us directly to discuss options.

Can I attend an online course and an in-person Learning Community?

Yes! Many people have found the online courses a helpful taster before going on to organize an in-person Learning Community or Teaching Retreat.

Do I get academic credit for taking courses?

Although we call it a “School”, we do not award academic credit. However, we can work with other organizations (churches, denominational agencies, mission networks etc) to have our courses approved for credit. For instance, many denominations require church leaders to some kind of continuing education / professional developments, and our courses are ideally suited to that. However, the primary rewards are a deeper relationship with God; participation in a community of people desiring a closer walk with Jesus; and an encounter with the transforming presence of the Spirit.

Do I have to take exams?

Rest assured, there are NO exams! Each course has various teaching elements (videos, articles, resources, etc) that will be provided throughout the course. We recommended engaging in these resources, however, it’s not required to interact with everything provided. We simply ask that you invest time in the course you are taking at your own pace. For some, this will mean delving into everything provided for each session. For others, this will mean engaging with just one resource each session.

In Person Training

For news about regional in person training:

Testimonies

“The international, cross-denominational aspect of the Inspire training is wonderful. And the Lord loves it!”

“The Fellowship Band course opened up a new world for me as a way to draw closer to God. I knew my spiritual life was not what it should be and I was looking for a way to grow it. The leaders of this course have done a good job of explaining how to grow closer to God through fellowship bands. Small groups such as this was a new concept that resonated with me and now I am in the process of starting a fellowship band!”

“I live in the USA in Pacific Time. I love the Inspire classes that are designed to connect people around the world! Due to my connection with our Inspire international community through the School of Discipleship, and comments I had made about our unfolding ministry to the homeless, I was introduced to a couple in England. They have 20+ years experience in a ministry to the homeless. I zoomed in with them, for a good hour. Not only did we have fruitful conversation around a shared ministry passion, but we now have ministry partners and new friends praying for us across the ocean!”

“Another programme is not the answer. The Way of Life is! Thank you Inspire Movement”

“We have been Christians for a long time but never found anywhere like the Inspire Movement, so filled with such enthusiastic people.”

“I have been waiting on the shoreline for a long time and now I want to be more involved with Inspire.”

“We say Jesus is here but how do we make a point of it and make Jesus real. We need small groups of people to help us to do that. Inspire makes Jesus real.”

“Our friends really changed since they got involved with Inspire and we want their same enthusiasm for Jesus, so here we are!”

“Discipleship as a Way of Life cannot be just for church on a Sunday, it needs to be 24/7.”

Click Here for More Testimonies and Reflections

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The Inspire Movement offers several methods of training: Learning Communities; Teaching Retreats; Focussed Study Groups; Mentoring Cohorts; and Personal Mentoring. The School of Discipleship is primarily concerned with online training, but we also offer in-person training through our regional Core Teams, as well as on demand training for local churches.

If you’re interested in on demand training please contact us and we can discuss it further with you.

In-Person Learning Communities

The great benefit of learning communities is the opportunity to actually build community as we share wisdom and learn together. These communities also have the potential for developing fellowship that continues beyond the formal period of training.

A group of 12-20 people, lay or ordained, who gather to support one another by:

Learning communties are normally arranged on demand, by churches and organizations. The style and content of the training will depend on the nature of the group, and the focus of study. Click here for an Overview of our Training.

What happens when they gather?

What happens when they gather?

Each community usually gathers for five sessions and has the following simple ingredients:

  • Eating, worshipping and praying together as essential community practices.
  • Teaching and conversation on the focus of study (see Overview of Training).
  • Sharing in fellowship band for mutual support in life and ministry.
What difference do they make?

What difference do they make?

  • The Missional Discipleship focus will equip participants to develop their spiritual lives as whole-life disciples and everyday missionaries.
  • The Fellowship Band focus will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for Fellowship Band ministry and disciple-making leadership.
  • The House Fellowship focus will help you develop the skills for planting and multiplying home-based missional communities and movement leadership.

Online Learning Communities

Online Learning Communities take the principles of in-person Learning Communities and adapt them to meet online. This is our approach for the School of Discipleship. Online Learning Communities allow you to…

  • grow as a community with committed people around the world for a four to six week period.
  • take each week’s content (teaching videos, podcasts, resources) at your own pace. This allows you to wrestle through the material, think of questions, post on the online forum, before meeting with others online.
  • have deeper conversations (see above) during Zoom meetings.
  • utilize our discussion board for sharing reflections, discussion and learning through the duration of the learning community.
  • to receive mentoring in online band by an Inspire Missioner.

For more information go to our School of Discipleship page!

Teaching Retreats

Our training is often delivered in the form of a teaching retreat. At a retreat session you can expect:

Teaching retreats may be for one day or over a weekend and are normally arranged on demand, by churches and organizations. Click here for an Overview of our Training.

Study Groups

A study group is a group of like-minded people who come together for conversation, teaching and learning. The group selects their area of study and decides their curriculum together. Click here for a sample of our study groups.

Personal Mentoring

We encourage people to build a relationship with one of our Missioners, who are there to guide people through the processes and resources of the Movement. Click here for more information about our Missioner Support.

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