Stepping Out: Module 2

Listening without agenda

Building on the work of Module 1, Module 2 guides you to ask: Who are the people in our neighbourhoods? What might they have to tell us? Let go of assumptions and presuppositions and be open to what others may have to tell you because we do not control or contain the work of the Spirit.

In this module, you are going to help people to engage something which initially seems simple but is actually not so easy. Be ready to encourage your group and engage alongside them in these activities structured to get them listening without agenda.

What is Included

When you purchase Stepping Out Module 2, you will receive all you need to deepen and build upon your work from Module 1. Here is what is included:

Module 2 Leader’s Guide

A step-by-step guide with instructions and insights for you to lead your group

Module 2 Handouts

Participant handouts and worksheets for each gathering and for the activities done in between gatherings

Additional Resources

Videos, images and additional resources to enhance learning

Listening is about giving attention to someone other than oneself. It invites me beyond the safety of formal roles or programmed expectations, and into a space where I hear your story as a critical part of what God is doing in the world.

Listening is a way of unbinding one another, inviting us to forget ourselves and set aside the need to provide solutions or answers or to cover our ignorance or vulnerability. We practice laying down the need to be heard and instead practice hearing.

Alan Roxburgh, Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World, 58

How it Works

Module 2 is shaped around 4 gatherings:

1. Getting started with listening

The group is introduced to the practice of listening in Stepping Out.

2. Listening to know someone's story

The group reflects on their listening work and explores listening to know someone's story.

3. Becoming curious about what God is doing

The group reflects on their listening work and explores what listening has to do with the church.

4. What are we learning about listening?

The group reflects on their listening work and what they are learning about listening.

Each of these 4 gatherings are shaped by the following rhythms:

  • Bringing Scripture into everyday life with Dwelling in the Word
  • Listening and learning as you feedback on things you’ve done
  • Being equipped for new activities
  • Committing to activities together
  • Liturgy

Get Started

Continue on with Stepping Out now and deepen your practices of listening together and becoming curious about what God is doing in the lives of people all around you.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about Stepping Out: Module 2