How does group study work?

Crosslands believes that the local church is the main place for believers to be equipped for discipleship, mission and ministry. Foundation courses are designed primarily for group study, although individual study is also possible. Our Foundation course design and delivery model allows local church leaders to set the curriculum, pace and intensity, and then to oversee learning within local study groups.

Foundation study groups can be run in a variety of ways that suit local needs, depending on context and the availability of those in the group.

For example, a study group may choose

  • To go through the course material all together, or to ‘flip the classroom’ (in other words, to work through the material individually beforehand and then meet together to reflect on what’s been learned, discuss how to apply it, and pray together.
  • To meet weekly, monthly or termly.
  • To meet in the evening or the daytime.
  • To meet in person or online.
  • To study one module at a time, or cover two or more simultaneously.
  • To discuss one lesson at a time, or to review two or three lessons each time you meet.
  • To supplement the course material with other locally designed and led teaching such as talks, project activities or workshop sessions.

How do we set up a study group?

  • Decide who you plan to train and what you want to achieve with the training.
  • Identify someone suitable to be the group leader. Your group leader does not need any formal theological training, nor do they need to be especially experienced in training others. Crosslands will provide some training for the study group leader to help equip them to lead the group.
  • Have the designated group leader get in touch to discuss how they want to run the study group.
  • A member of the Crosslands team will walk your group leader through the curriculum options, share a demo login to help you review the material, talk through different ways of running the group, clarify costs and payment options, and help you set up a new study group.
  • For larger groups that include learners from more than one local church we can create a simple webpage and signup form, making it easier to publicise your study group and enrol your learners, we can provide that for you too.

For study groups we offer a discount on Foundation courses compared with the individual cost of courses.

FAQs

Can we add our own elements to the training?

Yes! We encourage churches to think creatively about how to combine the Crosslands Foundation material with other inputs or activities. For example you may want to add in guest speakers, skills workshops or conference days. Our aim is to give Study Group leaders a flexible set of tools to build a training programme that works in your context.

Purchasing material for your students

Once your application has been approved and your study group is set up, you need to let us know which module(s) they will be studying first, and when you want to start the first module. You can add new modules at any time, and you can add different modules for different students.

We ask for at least one week’s notice to give access to students though it might take slightly longer at busy times of the year.

There are two different ways you can do this, depending on whether you want to handle student payments directly or not.

Option 1
Some study groups prefer us to handle payments directly with their participants. Crosslands will send a link to the course to the study group leader who will then forward this to the group members. Each group member will then need to purchase the module through the link, setting up an account on the Crosslands learning platform. Any problems with this you can get in touch at foundation@crosslands.training.

Option 2
Many groups prefer to make a single payment on behalf of the group each module. This is an attractive option if fees are being covered primarily by the church (eg training interns), if you want to factor in other costs such as food or room hire, or if you are subsidising the study cost.
In this scenario, Crosslands will invoice your study group for the cost of providing material to each participant, and it’s up to you to decide how much you charge your individual participants. Crosslands will then arrange access to the students through a 100% discount code or sending an invitation link to the study group leader to be passed onto the participants.

What does Crosslands expect from study group leaders?

Crosslands exists to serve local churches and groups of churches, and our website and this document set out our commitments and the many practical ways in which we will seek to serve you. Because partnership takes commitment, there are a number of things we need from you in return:

  • We expect each study group to run in a manner consistent with Crosslands statement of faith and ethos, and we ask all study group leaders to confirm their agreement with this document and to sign a study group agreement.
  • We expect Study Group leaders to take responsibility for supporting and caring for participants and creating a positive environment for learning and growth;
  • We expect those in charge of the Study Group to manage student applications and field any questions from students, contacting Crosslands (foundation@crosslands.training) if necessary.
  • We expect Study Group leaders to ensure that all students purchase their courses through the Crosslands Learning platform, or to communicate appropriately with Crosslands who will purchase the courses on their behalf.
  • We expect Study Group leaders to abide by the copyright rules and not reproduce materials without written permission, and to ensure their students do likewise.
  • We expect that the Study Group or host church will ensure that they are covered by the necessary liability insurance. Crosslands will not be held responsible for any damages or claims made against Study Groups or their host churches.
  • We expect Study Group leaders to partner with Crosslands, providing us with feedback to help improve what we offer, building relationships and seeking partnership with other Study Groups to share best practice, and by participating in trainer-training where appropriate.
  • We expect prompt and full payment of all invoices.