Encounter is a year-long programme developed by the Methodist Church that explores discipleship and vocation. If you have a desire to deepen your faith and increase your awareness of what being a Christian means for your everyday life and what God is calling you to be and do, then Encounter could be for you.
The programme is designed to help people to know themselves better, develop a deeper relationship with God, identify their gifts and discern their personal calling from God, in service both within and outside the church.
Encounter is an ideal programme if you are sensing a call to a particular ministry, either ordained or lay, and wish to explore that calling further. Encounter is also for you if you sense God is nudging you to do something new or deeper, and wish to explore what that call might be. The programme is followed in a small group of up to 12 people, led by Encounter Facilitators, who meet once a month to consider various themes relating to discipleship and vocation. Each session involves prayer, engagement with the Bible, discussion and time for reflection.
Between sessions, Explorers follow activities of their own choosing, such as delving deeper into session themes, practical experiences of Christian service or ministry, and personal learning experiences such as reading, attending short courses or study days. Each Explorer also meets regularly with an Encounter Accompanist to discuss and reflect on their personal journey during the Encounter programme.