I don’t feel equipped or qualified to facilitate these conversations. What might you recommend?
The Sanctuary Course can be run by anyone who has experience facilitating small groups. The course does not require you to have any special knowledge about mental health; it only requires a willingness to create a safe space for conversation and learning.

If you’d like to run the course, but are feeling nervous about doing it alone, why not consider collaborating with an experienced small-group leader or a mental health professional in your church?

What kind of training is required to run The Sanctuary Course?
There is no training required. However, experience leading a small group is helpful. The Leader’s Guide and Session 1 provide valuable information about how to facilitate the course. There is no separate Leader’s Manual. The Leader’s Guide is contained in the coursebook.

Can I run this course with multiple small groups at the same time?
Yes. If all the small groups are running at the same time in the same place, you can gather to watch the course film at a predetermined time (if you have a large screen). You can also use your discretion about which parts of the course you might like to process in a large group setting.

How do participants access the coursebook?
After you purchase the course, a PDF of the coursebook will be emailed to you. You can also access the coursebook from the course content webpage by using the password you received after purchasing the course. You can distribute the coursebook to your participants by emailing the PDF to them or sharing the password to the course content page.

How do participants view the coursebook?
Participants can access the coursebook PDF on their iPads, phones, or laptops. Some participants may choose to print the coursebook on a home printer or have it professionally printed. Your group or church might also decide to print the coursebook for all your participants.

Please inform participants that it’s necessary to bring some version of the coursebook to each group meeting.

How can I print the coursebook?
You can print the course on a home or office printer, but please be advised that a large amount of ink will be required. Feel free to send the coursebook to an online printer or a local printer in your area. The price of printing will depend on the printer you choose, whether you print in black and white or colour, and whether the copies need to be shipped.

When should the reading be completed?
The Sanctuary Course is intended to be read, processed, and responded to in community. This means that each session can be read together out loud during the small group time. Invite participants to take turns reading and then pause to talk about the discussion questions.

However, groups may decide they’d rather complete the reading outside of group time and spend more time on the discussion questions and reflection activity when they meet. Decide as a group what works best for you.

Why are the films cutting in and out?
For best viewing quality, download the films to your device. This will prevent a slow Internet connection from interfering with your experience.

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