What is the Philip Project?
The Philip Project is a Friends International discipleship course for Christian international students and professionals, and will be running in Southampton from October 2020 to June 2021, over the course of ten Saturdays (approx one a month).
The Philip Project South will run on the following ten dates, 9.15am to 1.15pm (three dates in Autumn term, four dates in Spring term, and three dates in Summer term):
- Online: from 9.15am to 1.15pm : Sat 7 Nov, / Sat 21 Nov / Sat 12 Dec 2020
- Online: from 9.15am to 1.15pm: Sat 23 Jan / Sat 13 Feb / Sat 6 March / Sat 27 March 2021
- Online: from 9.15am to 1.15pm: Sat 17 April / Sat 8 May / Sat 5 June 2021
Plus Sat 9 Jan – optional extra date to meet for prayer
Plus Sat 27 Feb – National one day Philip Project day online – to include all the Philip Projects around the country (Scotland, North West, Cambridge, Guildford, Nottingham, London, Southampton).
The formal teaching programme runs from 9.30 to 1pm, with a short coffee break mid-morning, usually around 11am. We ask students to log in by 9.15am in advance of the session starting, so that there is time to sort any technical issues and just to enable us to be ready to start promptly; and there is also an extra 15 minutes at the end (from 1 to 1.15pm) for students to chat with each other, or ask any final questions to the team.
How does it work?
The Philip Project aims to train you to understand and teach the Bible, enabling you to be better equipped to serve the church wherever you go, helping you to disciple others. The Philip Project is formed of three parts:
- Monthly training days: once a month on a Saturday, led by experienced teachers, covering a set programme.
- One to one mentoring: each student meets regularly with a mentor to encourage their Christian walk and to aid their growth in understanding and teaching the Bible.
- A national conference day (to run online this year): a day joint with other Philip Projects around the country on Saturday 27 February 2021
Who will teach the course?
Rev David Hunt will be teaching the Bible Overview on the course, assisted by a team of guest lecturers (from Friends International and from local churches) for the other sessions. The course is run in partnership with Friends International, and is part of a network of Philip Project courses which run around the UK.
What is the covered on the training days?
The programme page gives full details of the programme. The training days cover three main aspects:
- Bible overview: we examine the overall story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation
- Understanding the Bible: teaching you how to interpret different types of Bible literature and studies of particular passages
- Teaching the Bible: training you how to study a passage, lead Bible studies and prepare a message
How much does it cost?
The course costs £50, which covers the ten sessions and electronic access to all the teaching materials. Once students have registered and been accepted for the course, a zoom link will be sent for accessing the live teaching sessions, and a password will be provided to access teaching materials on the website.
The cost is significantly less than previous years, due to the fact the course is running online this year, so running costs are reduced.
If you feel you cannot afford the £50 cost of the course, do not let that put you off applying, but contact us, as we will have some bursaries available to cover a part of the cost; or maybe your church might be willing to help you cover the cost.
About the Philip Project
Geoff Low, National Director of the Philip Project explains the background to the Philip Project:
“The Philip Project aims to contribute towards the training of faithful Bible teachers among Christian international students, short-term professionals and church volunteers from all over the world residing in the UK. This is done by seeking to develop both the skills and the character to teach the Scriptures with accuracy, relevance and passion.”