What is the ERTP
Over the past few years, there has been a concerted effort to offer training opportunities to people in an ecumenical context. This not only allows us to make best use of teaching/training resources but for those who attend to have a rich experience of different theological perspectives.
In my role as Training and Church Development Officer I have regular meetings with my Anglican and Methodist colleagues within the Eastern Region Training Partnership
It is from this collaborative work that most of these training opportunities arise.
Vision for the Partnership
The Regional Training Partnership is a visible partnership of its member churches and institutions. It is committed to a holistic vision of Christian education and to the promotion of discipleship and formation for individuals and communities across the region
Just to remind you about the Resources page on the website – go to www.ertp.org.uk/resources to find out more.
Passion 4 God courses are a series of short courses for any person, parish or deanery in the Peterborough diocese wanting to live more for God but needing an injection of excitement, know-how, theology or spirituality. The courses are designed to enthuse, educate and equip people to live God’s passion for the world. Many of the courses have been inspired by people in parishes saying, “I wish there was a course on x”.
The courses offer help in the three vital areas of spirituality - worship and prayer; study - the Bible and its relevance to life today; and action - practical action in the church and in the world.
Foundations21 is a web based, multimedia Christian basics course in the making aimed at helping you learn more about your Christian faith through studying the Bible, learning to apply what you've learnt and encouraging you to follow Christ's example. There are a number of different options, depending on how you learn and what suits you best.
Growing Together in Christ is a course of Christian nurture and discipleship. Open to anyone it is an alternative, or follow-up, to Alpha or Emmaus. There are 24 or 18 sessions (depending on which syllabus is followed) together with 3 assignments over the year and 3 day (or half-day) workshops. People can dip into it or do the whole course.
Exodus 20 is a brand new resource for young people written by young people. It can be used as a resource for youth work, in churches but also in secondary schools. A whole pack, including a DVD film, educational resources and associated products, it addresses current issues in a thought-provoking and relevant way.
Embracing the world is a series of eight Bible studies and sermons for churches to work through to help build culturally inclusive communities.
The Connected Community Learning on-line courses (available anywhere) operate over the Internet using what is called a ‘virtual learning environment’. Learners work in groups to discuss and share thoughts and ideas; a tutor / facilitator dips in and out to participate and answer questions.
A new exciting and ground breaking spirituality resource for youth workers, Glimpses, is now available - a big 180 page full colour resource packed full of ideas for youth workers to help develop spirituality.
Learning for living This course is for Short, Practical and Accredited Skills Development for people in Voluntary/Community Groups and Organisations. There are lots of interesting and enjoyable new courses, both weekly and residential offered across the eastern region in community development on equality & diversity, voluntary sector management, social enterprise, community leadership, international development, teaching and training.