Encounter is a year-long programme that explores
discipleship and vocation developed and run by the Methodist
Church. If you have a desire to deepen your faith and
increase your awareness of what being a Christian means for your
everyday life and what God is calling you to be and do, then
Encounter could be for you.
The programme is designed to help people to know
themselves better, develop a deeper relationship with God, identify
their gifts and discern their personal calling from God, in service
both within and outside the church.
Encounter is an ideal programme if you are sensing
a call to a particular ministry, either ordained or lay, and wish
to explore that calling further. Encounter is also for you if
you sense God is nudging you to do something new or deeper, and
wish to explore what that call might be.
Encounter is followed in a small group of up to 12
people, led by Encounter Facilitators, who meet approximately
once a month to consider various themes relating to discipleship
and vocation. Each session involves prayer, engagement with
the Bible, discussion and time for reflection.
Between sessions, Explorers follow activities of
their own choosing, such as delving deeper into session themes,
practical experiences of Christian service or ministry, and
personal learning experiences such as reading, attending short
courses or study days. Each Explorer also meets regularly
with an Encounter Accompanist to discuss and reflect on their
personal journey during the Encounter programme.
You can download a leaflet about Encounter,
which contains more information about the programme.
The Encounter website www.methodistencounter.org.uk also
contains full details about the programme, including details of who
to contact in your District to find out about programmes that are
planned to start near you.