Example programme – 10 day

The host church in the UK has decided that their vision for the coming year is “Love God with All Your Mind”. They decide to kick off the new year with a ten-day Tent event in January.

In conversation with the director, the church decides that Tent will be about a “Theology of Thinking”. The director designs a program with this theme in mind. Each session approaches “Thinking” from a different angle. The director decides to deliver most of the material himself, recruiting special guest lecturers and practitioners for some sessions.

The first weekend

FRIDAY EVENING

  • Food and worship
  • Talk: Trinity and the Thinking Person

SATURDAY MORNING
(TWO SESSIONS):

  • Breakfast and worship
  • Talks: Philosophy and You; “I think therefore I am” and the “Leap of Faith”

SUNDAY MORNING
SERMON SLOT

  • Thinking in the Old Testament

The week inbetween

MONDAY DAYTIME

  • Trinity for Parents and Tots: short talk and theological Q&A at the mother-toddler drop in centre


TUESDAY MORNING

  • Short talk and leading prayers at church team meeting
  • The director is available throughout the day to meet with staff team

TUESDAY EVENING

  • “Grill a Theologian” youth event

WEDNESDAY EVENING

  • Food and worship
  • “Praying for Mental Health”, teaching and practical training session

THURSDAY MORNING
AND AFTERNOON

  • One-to-one theology conversations with members of the church interested in going further

THURSDAY EVENING

  • Practical training and advice session on teaching the Bible in Small Groups

The second weekend

FRIDAY EVENING

  • Food and worship
  • Talk: Science and Reason

SATURDAY MORNING
(TWO SESSIONS)

  • Breakfast and Worship. 
  • Talk: “Have the Mind of Christ”; Common Sense and thinking Christianly
  • Listening prayer practice and teaching session

SUNDAY MORNING
SERMON SLOT

  • Thinking in the New Testament

Throughout the rest of the year, the director and teachers make themselves available to answer questions by email and further the conversations. The director has a couple of Skype sessions with someone who has started to consider ordination and or further study after attending Tent Theology.

In April, the vicar of the host church invites the director back to convene a theological reflection day on a tricky issue facing the congregation. In August, the vicar shares the church’s vision for the coming year with the director. Designing of the new Tent program for the coming year gets underway.

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