An Introduction to Christian Healing
The course explores the breadth of the saving/healing plan of God and how it applies to our lives.
This eLearning course will introduce you to the healing work of Jesus and how we can seek greater wholeness in our lives. It is suitable for everyone. It was piloted through Norwich Diocese by Rev’d Steve Clark of Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre and, now in its third year, is run by that centre.
Good News invades Earth is about a transforming, healing encounter with the God who loves YOU (it’s not just feeding you interesting information to titillate the brain cells). Keeping a confidential online journal – a conversation with God – is an important part of the course.
This introduction to healing ministry embeds healing as a normal part of the Good News found in both Old and New Testaments. The course explores the breadth of the saving/healing plan of God and how it applies to our lives. This is not merely a theoretical study but an invitation to meet Jesus, the complete saviour and to be changed and healed by the experience. It is also essential preparation for praying for God’s healing in others’ lives and will equip you for part 2 of the course – Praying for Others – on offer next autumn.
The course lasts 8 weeks with a half-term break, and you should aim to spend at least 3 hours a week in 3 or more chunks of time. The weekly topics are:
- It’s normal - Healing as a normal part of the experience of the Gospel.
- To begin at the beginning - Jesus saves / heals ‘all that was lost’.
- The complete saviour – saving/healing body, mind and spirit.
- Kingdom come – the kingly rule of Jesus breaks in.
- The complete saviour at work - a Jesus technique?
- What is Father doing? - Jesus only did what Father showed him.
- Secure identity - Healing our own insecurities.
- Holiness and healing – the journey on
eLearning is a wonderful way to learn. If you can send emails and click your way round a website, you’ll be fine.
You can work at your own pace, in your own time and join in discussions of the teaching materials by writing your own comments or questions for other course members to respond to. There will be experienced and knowledgeable facilitators who will help to stimulate the forums (online discussions) and respond to any tricky questions that will arise. The end-of-course evaluation for the first ‘run’ was very good, with most people saying they have learnt (and been blessed on their Christian journey) more than they have on comparable face-to-face events.
Steve Clark, the course designer writes:
“I have been exploring the place of healing in Christ’s name for most of my adult life. It seems to be part of God’s gift to His broken but dearly loved world and not the exclusive domain of certain flavours of Christian expression or indeed restricted to the confines of church. Jesus healed more people outside the synagogue! My exploration has not just been theoretical but has sprung from my work at Burrswood and Crowhurst, both longstanding centres of Christian Healing ministry. During 10 years at Burrswood I worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, counsellors, nurses, physiotherapists and chaplains offering integrated care to the whole person. Crowhurst lacks the hospital wing but its ministry is partly residential, offering prayer to the dis-eased from near and far. Both these centres have provided a rich, deep and practical learning environment that has constantly fed my understandings of Christian faith and the place of healing in today’s world. Burrswood springs from an Anglo-Catholic root while Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre although Anglican in origin comes from a lower tradition and is now a non-denominational place. The variety of traditions has been a source of blessing and broadened my understanding of Christ’s work. I have been involved in teaching in this area for almost two decades and hope you grow in understanding and experience God’s loving touch as you participate in this course.”For more information, and course booking details, please see the Crowhurst website, here.