Revive is a small-group discipleship program for active lay leaders to help them grow in confidence as spiritual leaders who love God and want to live a Jesus-shaped life. Ministry in the church is demanding and difficult. Revive is offered as a gift to our dedicated lay leaders to give them the chance to be re-energized with some new ideas and lots of laughter and to learn about themselves and the God we serve. Lay leaders join their minister in a safe setting, where they find words to describe their spiritual experiences and grow in intimacy with God as a follower of Christ.
In ten months, this small group program can help transform leaders of practical church ministry into confident spiritual leaders who desire to find new life in service and ministry.
Revive is comprised of an Opening Retreat and Closing Retreat, with three six-week modules between:
- Module 1: Communicating with God
- Module 2: Engaging in Scripture
- Module 3: Called for Ministry
The program can be run over a year beginning in the fall or the new year, or the modules can serve as separate workshops. The program is most effective when there is consistent membership in the small group for a ten-month period.
What comes with your purchase? This downloadable course comes with a PDF Facilitator Guide, a PDF Participant Guide, and links to videos which correspond with course sessions. You can stream the videos, or download to your local device before each session (recommended). Because the PDF of the Participant Guide is nearly 300 pages, you may also opt to purchase the Revive Participant Guide, if you wish to forgo using an office copy machine or local printer. Now including Lent supplemental material. At the time of purchase, a separate folder with Revive Lent will be included. Click here to learn more.
Small Church Offer: We believe this program can reinvigorate any congregation, and we want to support those that may not have the financial capacity to access this resource. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our $50 Revive option for churches with an average Sunday attendance below 50.
Learn more about Revive at Revive.ForwardMovement.org.
Revive program materials are licensed for use by the purchasing congregation, individual, or organization only, and may not be reproduced or distributed to any third parties without express written consent from Forward Movement.
What are people saying?
It definitely fostered spiritual growth of our participants. The indicators were that people were more willing to share and be vulnerable than they ever had in the past. They were more willing to discuss their relationship with God. Everyone was eager to share their spiritual journey timeline, even the difficult parts. Each facilitator really enjoyed leading the session and said they felt closer to the other women in the group after doing so.
I love being a part of this retreat, I feel that I have learned so much about praying (I’m sitting here with Sacred Space music in the background), I met folks that I have seen in church for years and never said a word to.
The program exceeded my expectations. The content was great, the videos were the perfect length (and easy to load), and all led to wonderful discussions.
I was able to renew my commitment to some different forms of prayer, and I experienced a growth of perspective. This also deepened relationships between me and some parishioners.
They not only became much more comfortable leading prayer, but many of them also incorporated some form of regular prayer time into their schedule.
It brought me back to a treasure trove of different forms of prayer that I had forgotten over the years. It also made me accountable for my 15 minutes of silence with God, three times a week. I am much more likely to spend that time if I know I will be held accountable the following week.
The videos were high quality. The materials were well thought out, and helpful. The resources allow for further exploration.
It was a great experience. Thanks a lot! I enjoyed every session and felt more connected to God through the activities that we did.