Discovery is a creative process specifically designed to build on the strengths and aspirations of a church group that wants to make a difference in its community.
In providing a fun and dynamic set of tools Discovery aims to enable the local church to:
- Reflect on the Bible and what it says about our role in meeting the needs of those who are marginalised and vulnerable through spiritual inspiration and reflection
- Build confidence in working together as a team, discover new skills, share experiences, build friendships, give a sense of achievement
- Bring positive change to the community, improve lives, give a sense of purpose and hope, a sense of well-being
Discovery consists of 7 toolkits which include an introductory toolkit and then 6 kits that follow the 6 stages of the Discovery approach. Along with the kits there is a facilitator’s guide to help you; it contains tips on running activities and using film clips along with suggested programme outlines for each Toolkit.
It is usual to work through the 6 steps in order. However, it may be appropriate in some situations to start at a different point in the process as some churches may have completed some of the earlier steps themselves. It is therefore vital to find out where they are in their interest in working with the community and how far they have got with it to avoid wasting unnecessary time and effort.
THE SIX STAGES OF DISCOVERY
1: Celebrating who we are and where we live
This is an important first step as it seeks to start with things that people can celebrate and feel good about. The purpose is to help a group reflect on what they can build on.
2: Understanding the needs of the community
This helps participants establish an overview of the needs in the community so that they can prioritise and take time to understand the root causes and symptoms of specific problems.
3: Gathering information on community needs
This pack includes a range of practical tools designed to look in more depth at the priorities identified in step 2 so as to have a clearer idea of the response needed.
4. Dreaming dreams and mobilising communities
This step creates the opportunity to think creatively around a problem and come up with alternative solutions before deciding on a specific solution and project plan.
5. Planning for Action
This step seeks to turn the dream into a practical plan which can be used to guide the project. It contains practical tools for planning and monitoring and evaluation.
6. Organising ourselves and building a team
This last pack contains a range of practical tools for team building and organising those involved in delivering the project. It also raises awareness of legal issues.