Living Faith

Living Faith (The Bishop's Certificate Course) is a one year programme for people who would like to deepen their understanding of Christian teaching, and reflect on what it means to have living faith. The Course follows the seasons of the Christian calendar and invites reflections on the major festivals of the faith. Through the events of the Christian year, different themes are explored through studying passages from the Bible, from Christian teaching and from the contemporary world. The course can be used in parish or deanery groups, or in small groups.

The diocese does not organise these groups, we only supply the resources.

Please register your group before you begin the course by emailing. In order to be eligible for a certificate at the end of the course you will also need to fill in a group information form at the end of each module.

Click  here to listen to the former Bishop of Lichfield talking about Living Faith.

To learn more about the shape of the course and the content, click  here.

Course materials are available for each module. Each week (except for weeks 5 and 10) there is a clip for you to watch or listen to. 

Material for each module can be found below:

Ordinary, Harvest, Advent, Christmas

Module booklet

A1 The Kingdom of God
A2 What a Wonderful World
The Bible and Creation
A3 The Fall and Brokenness
A4 Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Matt Redman Blessed Be Your Name
A6 Modern Prophets
A7 The Prophet Daniel
A8 Away in a Manger
Christmas story
A9 Who do you say Jesus is?

Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week

Module booklet

E1  Reflections on John's Gospel
E2  The Lord's Prayer
E3 Suffering
E4  The Cross of Jesus
E6  Evidence and History
E7 Conversion and Transformation
E8  The Christian Hope
E8A  Shawshank Redemption
E9  John 21:1-17
E10  Celebrating a Passover Meal

Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity

Module booklet

P1  New Starts and Resurrection
P2  Faith and Knowledge, Presence and Absence
P3  The work of the Spirit
P4  The Triune God
P6  The Sanctity of Life
P7  The Parable of the Sower
P8  Mission
P9  The Church

A feedback form for Living Faith can be found  here

What next? A vocational quiet day is available for you consider what is God's unique call to you. For more details click  here.