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The Colossian Way Experience

Conflicts aren’t the disruption you’re dreading. They’re the opportunity you’re waiting for.

Christian Practices for COVID-19

With tensions rising over disagreements about things like responses to the coronavirus, many of us are experiencing conflict and division. If you’re looking for faithful ways to help your Christian community navigate them, we can help. Our conflict engagement framework offers worship, lessons, and practices that your Christian community can rely on as you face these unprecedented conflicts.

Download COVID-19 Family Practice

Download COVID-19 Practice: Fears & Loves

Watch Livestream: Disagreeing During Coronavirus

Watch Webinar: Pastor Resources for COVID-19

About The Colossian Way

In a time of deep division between Christians, The Colossian Way is a conflict engagement framework built on hope. The name comes from the hope-filled proclamation of Colossians 1:17: In Christ all things hold together.

Participants in The Colossian Way take up the practice of gathering together and loving God and one another while engaging challenging issues. We do this in the hope that, when done in faithful ways, we will witness the body of Christ built up.

This hope flies in the face of conventional wisdom that says talking about these topics will only drive us apart. All around us is the hopeless story of a declining and divided church that is at war with itself. As the world watches, many people shake their heads because Christians so often fail to reflect the life and teaching of Jesus.

Our ability to handle tough issues well is limited by our lack of deep formation into the character of Christ. The Colossian Way takes our polarization over divisive issues as an opportunity to grow deeply into the image of Jesus. We can take the next steps right here and right now, right in the middle of our disagreements.

The goal of The Colossian Way is less to resolve a specific issue once and for all and more to build our capacity for working on important questions in a way that reflects faithful obedience to Christ.

In the end, there may not be agreement on “the answer” to the controversies we face. But our goal is to develop habits that reflect Jesus as we engage divisive issues.

What's Involved?

  • Colossian Way small groups gather 10-12 individuals from a particular church or Christian community. Ideally, groups reflect a diversity of ages, opinions, genders, and ethnicities. 
  • Groups select their Colossian Way topic: Origins, Sexuality, or Political Talk.
  • Two Facilitators guide the group for 10, 90-minute sessions through a divisive topic using resource-rich, Biblically based curricula, which provide structure and practices, set in a context of worship. Not sure how to lead a group? Become a Trained Facilitator online in less than two hours. 
  • Participants learn to engage conflict faithfully and experience the truth of the Gospel, right at the heart of conflict.

What's Required?

  • A desire to reflect Christ's beauty in the midst of conflict, increasing in love of God and neighbor.
  • The support and encouragement of the leadership from a local church or faith community.
  • Ability to gather a group of 10-12 Participants that represent a diversity of demographics, opinions, and commitments.
  • A willingness to learn about and practice key Christian virtues such as humility, patience, and kindness, even when it's challenging.

Become a Colossian Way Facilitator

As a trained Facilitator, you'll be equipped to lead your  Christian community through conflict with confidence. In less than two hours, from any device, anywhere, you'll master the core Colossian Way concepts, learn how to lead small groups, and help fellow Christians experience the transforming power of conflict.

Online Colossian Way Small Group Facilitator Training features:

  • Short, easy video lessons that break up information to manageable pieces that fit your schedule and learning style.
  • Experienced Colossian Way Facilitators guiding you through every step of starting your Colossian Way small group, from recruiting Participants to managing your time.
  • Sample sessions that show how a small group works—in person or online!
  • Activities and quizzes to help you remember what you’ve learned and measure your progress.

You can access Training on your schedule, go at your own pace, and stop and resume when you need to. You can also reference back to particular videos and activities when you have questions. 

Ready to guide your Christian community through the important conversations and disagreements that shape our churches and our world?

Become A Facilitator

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we've temporarily suspended in-person Training. Online Training is a convenient alternative that will equip you to lead Colossian Way groups equally well.** 

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