By Rick Hill
Rick Hill completed the two-year Learning Community journey with Cairn this year and is now part of organising team for the Belfast Learning Community starting on 20 & 21 October. Here is his story…
I signed up to the Cairn Learning Community because I was keen to learn more about discipleship and grow in my own understanding and practice. I’ve been to many conferences that have challenged my thinking, but I can honestly say that the opportunity to be part of this learning environment and longer process changed my practice.
The teaching during the 4 gatherings, the regular coaching accompaniment in between, and the reading materials provided, all helped to shape my thinking and sharpen my practice. The teaching inputs were memorable, the activities were stimulating and the language was share-able. But perhaps what I appreciated most was that while there were many principles shared from the front, the emphasis was always on me to work out the specific practices for my own contexts.
The Cairn Learning Community focused me on long term culture change, rather than offering a few short term fixes. The process has provided me with helpful language to use, interesting concepts to share, a helpful framework of understanding the church and, most importantly, a lifestyle of missional discipleship to live.
As well as all this, the opportunity to get to know and journey alongside other churches and leaders throughout the process has been invaluable. I am so thankful for the Learning Community process and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone in church leadership or ministry. I no longer just want to build the church but have been equipped to make disciples.
If you are interested in attending a Learning Community, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.