What is the Discipleship Programme in a nutshell?
The Discipleship Programme is a series of courses which are designed to teach you the Christian faith by watching short videos at your own pace.
How much does it cost?
The website is completely free to use.
We operate through donations – see the sidebar on the right hand side if you would like to make a contribution.
How do I join in?
At the moment, you can only join the programme here on the website – although I am working on an app which will allow you to join on mobile as well. You do have to create an account with the site, which is a simple process. If you’ve already got a Google or Facebook account it’s dead easy – just click on the ‘Continue with Google / Facebook’ buttons and you’ll be logged in.
How does the course work?
Once you’ve signed up, you can go to your personal home page, where you will see some suggested courses that you might be interested in. Pick one of them (I suggest starting off with the New City Catechism) and you’re off.
From then on, your home page will show you the video that you’ve got up to in the course. If you close the site we will remember where you got up to and save it for next time.
If you don’t visit for a week, you will receive a reminder email to come back (unless you’ve turned that feature off).
Is there an audio alternative to the videos?
Yes – on some of the courses you may listen to the audio by clicking on the link underneath the video. I will add an audio version for each new lesson that I upload, and I am aiming to get around to the older ones in time. Please let me know if there are any courses you would particularly value an audio version and I will try to make that a priority.
Can I use the site on mobile?
Yes, you can use the site on mobile – although I am working on an app which will make it much easier. To keep up to date with news on the app sign up to the mailing list.
Can I do this instead of going to church?
Understand the Bible is not a replacement for church. The discipleship programme is a way of understanding the Christian faith and the Bible. To live it out, you need to be part of a church. What would be the point in learning all about the Bible without putting it into practice? This is what is says in the book of James (in the Bible):
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.James, chapter 1, verses 22-25
If you want to do what the Bible (the Word) says, rather than just hearing it, then you need to be part of a church local to you. Understand the Bible can help you to make sense of the Bible, but you need to put that into practice with other Christians. The best thing would you for you to find a local church to attend and a Bible study group with Christians in your area (many churches have Bible study groups and are very happy to have new people joining).
Any other questions?
I think I’ve covered everything here but if you have any other questions, contact me! I’d love to hear your questions / comments / suggestions.