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