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The Quest: Recovering the Heartbeat of Mission

Course Description:

This course is a collection of readings, videos, stories and practical challenges designed to help you think deeply about the nuts and bolts of Christian mission and vocation.

However, in keeping with the idea of a quest, this isn't really a "course" in the traditional sense - it's focused on reflection and action rather than content. You won't find official outcomes or graded assessments here!

Instead, you'll find opportunities to journal, meaty questions to discuss with friends, and weekly challenges that will (hopefully!) deepen your awareness of God's love and grow your sense of adventure on the journey. You'll get to read symbolic stories and poetry, watch videos and contemplate key moments in Jesus' ministry as you explore God's redemptive plan for the world, and begin to discover your part in that plan.

Although you can do this course by yourself, it's really designed to do in groups of 3-5 people.

The content is arranged into two 5 week blocks:

  • The first 5 week block focuses on the heart of mission (missio dei), using the old testament story of Jonah and Jesus' parable of the prodigal son as symbolic models of God's message and method.
  • The second 5 week block focuses on understanding the role of the Holy Spirit and exploring what it means to be sent to our culture and communities today. This section draws on extracts from George MacDonald's fiction The Princess and the Goblin, as an underlying metaphor for being sent on mission with the Spirit.


Recommended prior learning:

CS101: Jesus in the Gospel of Mark (part 1)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment?

Approximately three hours per week in the form of:

1 hour of Online individual Content (readings, podcasts, videos, etc.)

1 hour of Group (discussion, reading, prayer)

1 hour of Action (weekly challenges)

Who can do this course?

The course is open to all Australian residents

How much does it cost?

Cornerstone is offering this course for free!

In reality of course, it takes a lot of time and money to make a course like this, so if you'd like to contribute to course development or request specific resources, please email or visit Cornerstone's secure online donation page and email to state that you would like your donation to go to developing more courses.

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

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