What is Revive?
Revive is a discipleship program to help active lay leaders—wardens, property and finance officers, committee chairs, vestry members, church school teachers, youth ministers, pastoral visitors, and liturgical ministers—grow in confidence as spiritual leaders. Revive is about transformation through spiritual formation. In just 10 months, this small-group program transforms leaders of practical church ministry into confident spiritual leaders who love God and participate in Christ’s ministry.
How does Revive work?
Revive is an in-person, small-group program, utilizing downloadable and printable materials in coordination with videos that teach and reinforce the concepts of each session. Lay leaders join their minister in a safe setting for an opening retreat, three six-week modules of weekly two-hour sessions, and a closing retreat. Each session includes at least one presentation from a prepared video or a live talk from the facilitator. Notes are available to help guide the facilitator’s talk. The videos are optional; they can help make the program easy to lead so that the facilitator can attend to hospitality, group dynamics, and facilitating discussions.
Does Revive have to be run as one year-long program?
Not really. Revive was designed to be run over a year, beginning in the fall or the new year, but the modules can serve as separate workshops. While the sessions work independently, the program is most effective when there is consistent membership in the small group for a ten-month period.
How much does Revive cost?
The full price is $299. An introductory price of $100 is being offered January 7-March 31, 2019.
Are there other costs we should prepare for?
Along with the one-time cost of the Revive curriculum, the program costs include covering the expenses for craft supplies, light refreshments, and the Saturday midday meal for both the opening and closing retreats. If the participants do not print their own Participant Guide, then weekly photocopying of the Participant Guide for each participant will need to be covered.
What do I get after I purchase Revive from Forward Movement?
After your transaction processes, you will receive instructions and links to download three PDFs; a Facilitator Guide, a Participant Guide, and an informational PDF (labeled READ-ME-FIRST) with links and instructions to download (or stream) the program videos.
Where do I get the videos?
Links and passwords to access the videos online are included in the READ-ME-FIRST document downloaded after purchasing Revive. To avoid connectivity issues, we recommend using the download function to save the videos on your computer or device that will be used for playback during your sessions.
Do I have to use the videos?
No, but we highly recommend it. The videos are optional and help provide the content and make the program easy to lead so that the facilitator can attend to hospitality, group dynamics, and facilitating discussions.
Who is a lay leader?
A lay leader is anyone who holds a church office, oversees a ministry, or has fiduciary responsibility for finance, property, or human resources. Leaders include wardens, vestry members, property and finance officers, committee chairs, church school teachers, youth ministers, pastoral visitors, and liturgical ministers.
What can participants gain from Revive?
Participants will develop a deeper relationship with God and others while getting to know more about themselves as spiritual leaders. They will:
- develop a prayer life that suits their personal spiritual temperament
- gain confidence in speaking about God in their lives
- experience scripture as a spiritual resource
- gain experience praying in public and leading bible study
- create a Rule of Life that expresses their personal spiritual practices
- discern their call for justice, forgiveness, and peace as servants of Christ’s kingdom
Who is the facilitator?
The facilitator of the program is a minister of the church who is leading the small-group sessions. We have purposefully used the word minister as a signal that the person can be ordained or lay, although many facilitators are clergy. The facilitators do not have to be a spiritual saint or a master spiritual director, but they must be intentional about their own spiritual growth and open to a relational connection with God. It is advantageous for a minister to have a spiritual director (or be one) as it serves as a model for commitment to spiritual growth.
How long are the opening and closing retreats?
The opening and closing retreats take an evening and a day (ideally a Friday evening and Saturday) and are most effective when they are scheduled as closely as possible to the running of the modules. The retreats can be held at the church or at a retreat facility. Participants can return to their homes on Friday evening or arrangements can be made for them to stay overnight.
What if we can’t do a Friday evening and Saturday together?
There are two alternative models for the retreat, with adjustments to the program to accommodate the shift:
1. All-day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (cut out the worship and make storytelling shorter by using smaller breakout groups and turn the spiritual preferences exercise into homework).
2. Two nights from 6 to 9:30 p.m. (cut out worship and focus on storytelling and turn the spiritual preferences exercise into homework).
Still have questions?
Contact Forward Movement at email@example.com or 1-800-543-1813