mission shaped intro is a six week course that has been developed by fresh expressions. the background to the course is that it was originally written by sally thornton and tony hardy to give people inspiration about mission. through bob and mary hopkins it was introduced to fresh expressions who employed jenny (baker) to work on/adapt/improve/rewrite the course material to get it into a good shape. she tells me she has done a good job!
the good news is that the course is free and you can download all the leader's notes and powerpoint presentations from cms who are a national partner (or fresh expressions or any other partner probably). bob and mary are part of the team i lead at cms and their time is cms' contributuon to fresh expressions.
anyway at cms we are suggesting this as a course for lent for a church looking to do something. lent is always a good season for this sort of thing. there are also some other lent resources cms are encouraging as well but more about them on another blog post... to run the course you don't need an expert (is there such a thing?) to come in and lead it - just download, find a couple of enthusiasts and do it your self.
this course is suitable for a typical church congregation. it's not particularly aimed at the edge. so if you are familiar and involved with mission already you may want something a bit deeper or edgier. this course will of course be available beyond lent - it just seemed good to connect it with that season.
if you use it i'd love to know what you think or how it goes or what it catalyses