The programme is designed to run over the course of ten months, bracketed by opening and closing retreats. While the sessions work independently, the program is most effective when there is consistent membership in the small group for a ten-month period.
Each session includes a video presentation and/or live talk from the facilitator. Downloadable guides for the facilitator and participants support the journey through topics that include experiencing and learning how to lead a variety of Bible studies and prayers. By the end of the program, participants will have developed their own personal Rule of Life and become more confident spiritual leaders.
Two dozen churches in the United States and Canada already have participated in the pilot phase of the program, and they report a renewal and transformation within the lay leadership and their congregations. Revive joins other Forward Movement resources, including RenewalWorks, in responding to a spiritual hunger and desire for growth, both in relationship with God and in community with each other.
“Revive is more than a programme,” said the Rev. Catherine Thompson, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Lewisville, Texas, one of the pilot congregations. “Revive is a guide for establishing a meaningful rule of life as a follower of Christ. It is useful for people who are new to Christianity as well as those who have been Christians their whole lives. Revive is a true gift for both the leaders of ministries, as well as the churches in which they serve, as their capacity for spiritual leadership grows.”
Another pilot congregation found that “Revive not only helped us grow in our prayer life but also in fellowship as the group shared their faiths stories for the first time,” said the Rev. Hillary Raining, rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. “Revive is a great tool for congregational growth and can be used to help take members deeper in their walk with God and each other.”
Source: Forward Movement USA