Changing Lives Conversations

Over the past few years, we have heard from many churches, worshipping communities and dioceses who have been supporting faith in everyday life. The pattern that has emerged is the importance of conversations: the first step is to get the conversation going.

This type of conversation may be more comfortable for some than for others, which is why we are sharing some resources that have been helpful to other churches in this situation.

Developed by the Diocese of Canterbury, the Changing Lives Conversations (CLCs) involve two questions. These are primarily aimed at developing confidence and curiosity in people already involved in church, such as those attending services, PCC meetings and committees. The two questions are:

  1. How is God/Jesus changing your life right now?
  2. How can we support each other to be seven-day-a-week disciples?

These questions are available to download on a card that can be printed or used online. There is also a how-to guide to help churches think about how to hold these conversations based on experiences from the Diocese of Canterbury.

Changing Lives Conversation cards

Changing Lives Conversations - 'How to' guide

Changing Lives Conversations - Additional information


As well as starting conversations, it's important to notice change. Although some people may find change easy, most will find it challenging. We suggest a pattern for noticing change:

  1. Imagine. What changes would you like to see, hope to see, dream of seeing? Have you noticed any changes in people’s conversations, levels of trust and openness, more outward reflection on their faith journey?
  2. Identify. What have you seen or heard that is different in what – or who – people are praying for? How do people respond to the questions initially? How do they respond after a month, or longer?
  3. Insights. What does this show you about the ways in which your culture is changing? What have you learned works well in your context to begin conversations about everyday faith? What needs to be done next, or to help strengthen this?
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