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Kairos: Course Outline

The Kairos Courses attempt to lay a foundation in the lives of Christians and in local churches, for active and strategic involvement in world evangelization.

The course seeks to accomplish this by:

  • Challenging the prevailing world-view of the Church, and to see it changed into a truly Biblical world-view, that reflects a clear understanding of the purpose and plan of God.

  • Providing a clear sense of continuity in the outworking of God’s worldwide ‘mission of mercy’ through a chosen people throughout all of history.

  • Educating in both standard and current missiological thinking and practice.

  • Encouraging active participation, by showing clear pathways for involvement.

The course consists of eight lessons:

  1. A Devotional study on mission

  2. An introduction to, and prayer focus on, a major bloc of unreached peoples.

  3. A review of the previous chapter

  4. Participation in a growth point group

  5. An introduction to the new chapter

  6. A teaching or inspirational video

  7. Readings and worksheets which would be done at home or in the classroom during an ‘intensive’ course. This would require a minimum of two and a half hours of work.

  8. In addition, there are several activities that help the participants focus on key issues that relate to cross-cultural ministry (cross-cultural communication and contextualized worship).

The Kairos Course requires a minimum of 2½ hrs of classroom time for each lesson, followed by 2½ hrs of homework.

The introductions, reviews and devotions are presented using power-point multi media.

Course materials consist of:

  1. A one-volume reader

  2. Missions Prayer Booklet

  3. Missions Teaching Videos

  4. Worksheets

The Course looks at four areas of mission concern:


1. God’s Purpose and Plan

We will discover from the Bible, that Mission lies at the center of all God’s concern.

  • God – The Bible is the story of His Glory

  • God’s Purpose – To re-conquer His usurped kingdom and reconcile the nations to himself

  • God’s Plan – To engage His chosen people in His world-wide mission of mercy.

2. Israel, The Covenant People

We will study God’s dealing with the nation of Israel in His desire to fulfil His purposes through them.

  • Israel’s Obligation – To bless and be God’s priests to the nations of the world.

  • Israel’s Opportunity – God did everything for their fruitfulness and success.

  • Israel’s Response – On the whole negative – but God still outworked much of His missionary purpose through them.

3. The Messiah, the Message & the Messengers

We will see that God’s concern for all nations is still His central purpose as we move into the New Testament.

  • Jesus, Messiah for all peoples – Jesus, ministered to both Jews and Gentiles.

  • A Message for all Peoples – Jesus’ preaching on the Kingdom was for both Jew and Gentile.

  • Messengers for all Peoples – The advance of the Church into intentional missions after Pentecost.


4 . Expansion of the World Christian Movement

We trace the advance of Christianity from its beginning to the present day

  • The five periods of mission history since Christ.

  • The three eras of modern missions

  • The Final Thrust


5. Mission Strategy

  • We consider the place, value and nature of strategy in world Christian mission.

  • The value of strategy in mission, combined with prayer and power.

  • Church planting, people movements and church planting movements.

  • Local churches and mission agencies

6. The Task Remaining

We look at the mission task remaining, who and where the majority of the unreached are, and what methods should be used to reach them.

The nations and cross-cultural evangelism – Understanding mission terms and the priority in missions.

The major blocs of unreached peoples.

Modern strategies and approaches in missions today.

7. World Christian Teamwork

We look at the variety of exciting ways the whole church can and must get involved in accomplishing strategic world mission.

  • Teaming Up with God – Becoming a World Christian and finding our role.

  • Teaming Up Locally – Active Local Church involvement in missions

  • Teaming Up Globally – Partnership worldwide to fulfil the Great Commission.


8. Cross-Cultural Considerations

We address issues, in this chapter, on successful identification and other aspects of cross-cultural communication. We also look at aspects of church contextualization and its implications for missionary work.

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What people have been saying about the Kairos course:

"My whole perspective on life and being a Christian has been changed and broadened. I’ve realised the world is at the core of who God is and who we should be! We have something amazing to give the world!”

Mel Page

"I am so excited about the Kairos course! The most foundational thing in my early years as a Christian was understanding God's heart for the nations and my own lifelong place in that. It will be an incredible, unique investment of three weekends - if you can do it!”

Ian Nicholson, 24-7 Missions Director, Guildford

"Through Kairos, God helped me discover again, his heart and passion for his lost children. I was stirred by the fact God wanted and needed me to rise up and play my part in reaching the lost and making disciples. Finally it has helped me see how to better support and serve those who are called to overseas mission...”

Jez Cromie

"Kairos gave me an incredible overview of the world-wide mission scene and helped me make sense of many strands of my mission involvement. But more than that, it challenged me deeply, renewed my passion and repositioned me for the future. In an age of globalisation every Christian needs to be challenged and equipped to discover their part in world mission, both at home and abroad. I believe Kairos is accessible, prophetic and highly motivational in its scope.”

Paul Lancaster

"The prayer focus on the course for the nations has given me a greater passion to pray for those from seventy nations who are living here in our city.”

Steve Lowton

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