The Formation process is the program and process that you go through when you want to become a member of the Antioch Community. It is a lengthy process because a decision to be a member of the Antioch Community is a decision, usually, for the rest of your life. Both you and the Community need to be confident that there is enough understanding of the call, enough discernment and enough of an experience of the grace of God before you take this step.
Newcomers - The first stage, once you have been around us for a while, attending our meetings and getting to know us, is a Newcomers Course. This gives you an overview of the community, our history, our understanding of our call from God, and how we function. It then sets out the Formation Process that we will invite you into and the commitment that it involves.
Initial Commitment - This is a commitment to participate in the Formation process, to attend community meetings, to participate in a men's or women's group and to work with a pastoral leader. You will be a regular attendee at the communities meetings. The focus of this phase of formation is to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Underway Commitment - After two or three years, with agreement between you and Antioch, you may be invited to make an Underway Commitment. This means that you continue in the Formations Program as before but increasingly you are considering if the Antioch Community is God's long term call for your life.
Public Commitment - If after completing the formation process (which can take five or six years) you discern with the community that this is God's plan for your life, you will be invited to make a Public Commitment. This is a serious commitment where you undertake to live as a good member of the community, normally for the rest of your life.
Track 1 Talks
Track 2 Talks
Whether it is on a Saturday or a Sunday our events will follow the same schedule as follows:
15:45 We gather and start with a cup of tea
16:00 Opening song, orientation and any needed announcements
16:05 TALK 1
17:00 TALK 2
17:45 Discussion time
18:15 Set up for the meal
18:30 Lord's Day prayers and time of worship
19:00 Start the meal
20:15 Tidy up
20:30 All done!
All the best input and knowledge in the world will make no difference to us unless we reflect on it, digest it and put it into practice. The same with spiritual knowledge. We are on a journey of change, of being transformed from glory to glory, so we need to think about the input we have received and think about now we let the Lord change us.
Part of this is the discussion time on the day, but for many of us that is too soon. We should also discuss the material in our sharing groups and with our pastoral leader. Below are some guides and prompts for these conversations, some general and some specific to the courses being presented.