Networks 

Ergon Fellowship Course components 

 

Monthly fellowship meetings

The Fellowship will meet once a month. The meetings will take place on a Sunday afternoon, usually the first Sunday of the month. Readings and short assignments will be set each month as preparation to get the most out of the teaching. This will be the time when the Fellowship meets together as a whole group to receive teaching and training, it is also an important time of community and prayer.  The afternoon will look something like this...
 
1:15 Lunch
2:00 Teaching Session 1
3:15 Afternoon Tea
3:30 Teaching Session 2
4:30 The month ahead: Assignment and prayer
5:00 End

For an example of what the 10-month programme will look like click here to see the 2018-19 schedule.
 

Peer discipleship

The Fellowship will be divided into pairs/triplets. The purpose of the pairs/triplets is to provide Fellows with the opportunity to take the teaching and discussion in monthly meetings further and develop close accountable and supportive friendships. Meeting at least once every two months we expect triplets to become close-knit, confidence-keeping friendship groups, grappling with how to live out their faith and the course teaching in their workplace. This will be done through:
  • Sharing experiences
  • Reflecting on personal devotions
  • Praying together
  • Discussing group assignments
     

Mentoring

Each member of the Fellowship will be assigned a mentor, with the aim to meet every three months (i.e. three times over the course of the programme). This supervision may be conducted by one of the course leaders, church ministry team, or more likely, a mature member of the church family with a track record of experience, expertise and wisdom in integrating spiritual maturity and their work/career.

The purpose of these mentoring meetings is to develop and deepen the individual's discipleship in and through work. They will be with a senior church partner who will:
  • Review learning from the course
  • Examine the application of that learning into workplace practice and experience
  • Provide focused support and guidance regarding the programme and its impact
     

Special Assignments

Two 24-hour retreats start and end the programme. These are in central London, start on Friday evening and end no later than 5pm on Saturday. 

In addition to regular monthly meetings there is a series of Friday night meetings where we gather around a takeaway meal and get to meet a range of guests who share their wisdom on work and faith. Sometimes based around a particular topic, sometimes an in-depth interview followed by a Q+A, these are less formal times when we can learn from the wisdom of others about what faithfulness in the workplace looks like.  

To see how these fit in with the course programme take a look at the 2018-19 schedule here.
 

Dig Deeper

Linked to each month’s topics is some assigned reading, listening or viewing that we provide each course participant. This includes some personal devotions from one of the course books we provide you with. The preparation for each month should take between 2-3 hours per month.

Each year we set an end of year assignment that draws together what you will have learnt, discussed, reflected on and prayed about during the year. For many this is the highlight of the year and what they take away from Ergon – but we will tell you more about that when we start!
 

Dedicated Resources

The Ergon Fellowship is a unique programme with its own resources as well as drawing on the best of other materials that enrich our understanding of work and faith. Each Egon Fellow received a personal binder that builds-up with course material over the 10 months of the programme and has access to a private section of the All Souls website where course materials and resource (including recorded talks) are available.
 

Community

A very important part of the Ergon Fellowship is the community we build over the ten months of the programme. This is a safe supportive place to discuss, explore, challenge and encourage one another as we seek to fulfil God’s calling of us. Outside of our set meetings we have no set formula for how each group grow their sense of belonging to the Fellowship, but a desire to meet up and keep in touch between meetings grows organically. From WhatsApp groups to holiday socials the Fellowship grows in depth over the year.

Once the programme is over you will become part of a growing Ergon Alumni who are invited back to events during the year, and the new friendships you form could be the start of lifelong relationships.   
 
To find out more, email ergon@allsouls.org or Alastair Gledhill (alastair.gledhil@allsouls.org)