Faith Seeking Understanding

Our next Faith Seeking Understanding church training day is on Saturday 8 June 2024: ‘Switch it on, Switch it off: Conversations between digital and physical church’.

LST Principal Mark Cartledge, Professor of practical theology, and Sam Hargreaves, visiting lecturer from Engage Worship, will be looking at the subject of digital and physical Church within the context of worship.  They will be looking at the theology behind the practice of Church, and also how we connect with others in an online environment or when we gather in a place.

Switch it on, Switch it off:
Conversations between digital and physical church’

The day will develop an understanding of the theology of church, when gathered in a place or meeting online.  It will look at the dynamics of church in a digital age – does the preaching of God’s word change when you are online?  The reality of celebrating Holy Communion in one place and receiving it in another.  How do digital platforms, including social media connect with the life of the Church?

Using technology, there are times that we should switch it on – we’ll be thinking about how we make effective use of social media and digital technology, and the times that we should switch it off, to gather in a place for worship.  We will consider the wealth of resources available on the internet and the creative possibilities that they offer us in worship.

The day will include time to reflect and consider this important topic within a group setting.  These interactive sessions will give plenty of opportunities for you to practice what you’ve learned and get feedback from your peers. You will be able to take note of principles that can then be applied within your own Church context.

For anyone interested in growing as a disciple of Christ (hopefully that’s all of us!), or wanting to know how we can better disciple those under our care, this is a not-to-be-missed training day, which is part of our Faith, Seeking, Understanding series.

We’ll be meeting at our Northwood Campus (online tickets are available for those who cannot attend in person), on Saturday 8 June 2024 (10am to 3.30pm).

Perfect for Church members, Bible study groups, and anyone wanting to keep moving forward in their journey of faith, we will have something for everyone.

At just £10 per head onsite, and £8 online, we believe it’s an accessible way to bless your church. Book your place today .

About Faith Seeking Understanding

A two-year curriculum will take you on a rich journey of discovery – introducing you to the delights of biblical studies; Christian doctrine and history; theology & worship, along with reflections on how to put what you learn into practise.  Please click here to view the curriculum.

The training days are for any Christian who wants to grow in their faith.  Taught by world-class scholars, in a practical and accessible way, there are three training Saturdays (10:00-15.30) through the year, which people can attend in-person or online.

The programme is ideally suited for home or cell groups to attend together so that you can use breakout groups to discuss how to apply what you’re learning in your own specific context.  Whether you attend in person (if within striking distance of our Northwood campus) or online from anywhere in the world, FSU will transform your thinking – both as an individual Christian and as a church.

What are the dates?

Saturday 16 March 2024
Discipleship in Practice: How does it Look for a Broken World?

Saturday 8 June 2024
Switch it On, Switch it Off: Conversations Between Digital and Physical Church

What is Faith Seeking Understanding for?

To serve Christ’s kingdom and his church, by encouraging and equipping the local church to understand deeply and to express our faith, both simply and practically, to our neighbours.

Here's what participants from last year's events said:

“Really engaging, great speakers & worship.  Feeling Inspired. Astounding! Refreshing, enlivening!”

“Fantastic – I’m so grateful it has really strengthened my faith.”

“Truly mind-blowing – I hung onto every word that was said.”

“Faith Seeking Understanding at LST is a fantastic opportunity to take a deep dive into the Bible and the complexity, mystery and beauty of God’s word, under the guidance of experienced and Spirit- filled teachers. I would highly recommend it to both those who have a hunger to delve into theology and those who are considering dipping their toe in for the first time.”

Who is Faith Seeking Understanding For?

For all those in your church who seek to understand their faith more deeply: those hungry to get to know God more, to go deeper into his Word and to put this understanding into practise in serving his church.

How to get to LST

By Train: Northwood Underground Station is on the Metropolitan Line, about 35 minutes from Baker Street Station. (Take a train that is headed for Watford, Amersham or Chesham, not a train to Uxbridge which branches in another direction after Harrow-on-the-Hill).  It is also easy to connect from Aylesbury on the Chiltern line.

Directions: If you are using a SatNav please use our postcode: HA6 2UW.  If you are on foot from the underground station: turn left out of the station and keep going down Green Lane, nearly to the Rickmansworth Road: we’re on the right hand side, clearly signed.

Parking: there’s plenty of onsite parking.  Please note that the ultra low emission zone (Ulez) is just east of Green Lane, if traveling via Rickmansworth or Watford, you should not need to enter the zone.

Themes

The theme this academic year is Discipleship: Then and Now.  To see our planned two-year curriculum please see our calendar.  We will be adding a range of seminars from guest organisations.

Refreshments

Tea and coffee will be provided with a slice of (very yummy) cake but you will need to provide your own lunch: either a packed lunch or nip to Waitrose/Costa in the lunch break (both located near the underground station).

What are the costs?

We want to keep Faith Seeking Understanding as accessible for as many people as possible, so we charge just £10 per head onsite and £8 per head online.

Further Information

For further details please contact Emily Smuts: emily.smuts@lst.ac.uk