Shaping Disciplines for Christ Workshop, 29th April 2014, Lavender Hill, Clapham

This workshop was one of the first of its kind where Prof Andrew Basden had the opportunity to present the idea of shaping disciplines for Christ (SDC) to a small number of people in a group. Previously, since its inception in 2007, SDC has been presented in the context of one of C-A-N-'s larger conferences or bigger workshops, which have a somewhat different format.
 
The morning started off with introductions, opening prayer this was followed by a talk from Mark Surey (The mind of Jesus: his wisdom and supremacy), followed by Andrew's introduction to shaping disciplines for Christ. Time was also given to prayer before heading off to lunch. All of these things worked very differently to how they would in a larger group context. A very good lunch around a round table in a local Chinese buffet was also enjoyed by all, this was very quality time, where much was exchanged about shaping disciplines and the life of a Christian in the academic world. A shorter final afternoon session followed on after lunch which provided a useful opportunity to finish going through the questions asked in SDC and a chance to consolidate.
 
This was the first time where a SDC has been introduced in a more "cosy" setting, where one could say it was delivered a bit like a short course. The engagement from participants was very positive indeed and I think that going through the questions in the way it was done asking people in the group what they thought was relevant to their discipline this also gave others a chance to deepen their thoughts seeing how others responded.
 
Following the event, many were keen to stay on so we went around to the café afterwards for some further discussion and that was good. Secondly it came more aware to me that there is now an emerging track in academia of where academics are more focussed on teaching as opposed to research. This observation has been since considered further by C-A-N- in terms of how SDC can be applied to the pedagogy of teaching,  which is indeed just as important as applying to research and indeed scholarship.
 
We are very thankful to the efforts of Mark and Andrew in helping to get this workshop going and I very much hope that future workshops we do in different locations around the country will encourage many more young academics to shape their discipline for Christ in the coming years.