Frequently asked questions
How do I run a course?
We call those who lead the course ‘hosts’. If you would like to host a group, please register for one of our training days here, choosing the date and location that work best for you.
At this training, you will be given all you need to prepare and run each session. If you’re not the leader of your church, be sure to have a conversation with them about the course. Their support and wisdom will help ensure the course has a lasting positive impact on your church community.
Can I run the course without training?
At least one of the hosts of your group needs to attend a training day. The training days are where you receive all the materials for the course, as well as experiencing it in action.
We cover the key skills, practices and responsibilities of hosts and provide plenty of space to answer your questions. Our experience is that hosts also find it invaluable to meet with others who are running the course. Whether you have years of experience of reconciliation or none at all, it is important to spend time engaging with the specific material of this course.
Can people from any church background do the course?
Yes! Difference has been run in many church denominations, including Anglican, Catholic and Pentecostal. The content is distinctively Christian, but we welcome participants of all faiths and none to take part.
Is there a cost?
At the moment, there is no fee for either the training or the materials.
How can I promote my course?
After receiving training, we will send you a pack to help you promote the course in your church, community and on social media.
What does RLN stand for?
RLN stands for the Reconciling Leaders Network. We believe the fracture and division we see in our world cries out for people committed to reconciliation, whose actions and words show that a new, better way is possible: we need reconciling leaders. This is a call to every one of us, whether we think of ourselves as ‘leaders’ or not. We also believe that there is power in interconnection and that, together, we are so much more than the sum of our parts.
How can I be part of the movement?
Join our movement to be part of a growing community of people, who long to see their faith have an impact. You can sign-up to receive ideas and inspiration for being curious, being present and reimagining in your everyday life, as well as the latest news about what we’re up to and how you can get involved.
What can I expect if I come on the course?
Each session of the course involves video stories from Christians facing conflict, Bible passages where Jesus deals with difference and division, interactive exercises, discussion and prayer. We realise that conflict and relationships can be sensitive topics for many reasons. We hope that the course will provide a supportive environment to explore how our faith can make a difference in these areas of our lives. However, the course is not an appropriate environment for addressing trauma for which you have not received professional support.
What experience or knowledge should I have to take part?
There is no expectation to be an expert reconciler or theological scholar! The course is designed to be accessible and your host will guide you through each session in depth, and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion throughout, to ask any questions and learn from insights that your peers may have.