You will find information on upcoming training opportunities and events below.
Ministers' Get-Together: Details to follow
The 2020 Ministers Get Together will be held at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, NR35 2DZ
We will be spending time in Ditchingham. All rooms are en-suite. Lindsey Brown our Mission and Training Officer, Nicola Grieves our Children & Youth Development Officer, Paul Whittle our Moderator will be contributing to our time together.
This event is eligible for EM funding. Download: Ministers Get Together Booking Form when available
CANCELLED: Due to Coronavirus Epidemic - Eastern and Thames North Ministers Spring School - Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May 2020
Theme: Transforming Division Through Human Encounter
This is an opportunity for Ministers to learn and share as well as getting a break from the regular routines of our ministries.
We will be travelling to Corrymeela by coach and ferry. There will be a discounted rate for those wishing to make their own travel arrangements. The Closing date for applications is Friday December 1st 2019 Final payment is due by 31st March 2020.
Download: Spring School Booking Form to book your place
The East Anglia Dunamis Project - In the Spirits Power 21st - 25th September 2020
Dunamis Project - In the Spirit's Power - 21st - 25th September 2020 - Monday evening meal until Friday lunch time (included) Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2DZ
In the Spirit’s Power Jesus gave his followers a mission and promised the Holy Spirit to equip them for the task. Yet many Christians today have little first-hand experience of how to cooperate with the Spirit. Our understanding and expectations may be limited by a lack of teaching. Perhaps past experiences and hurts make us cautious about exploring the various spiritual gifts that Jesus offers through his Holy Spirit. In the Spirit’s Power looks at how Christians today can know the presence and power of the Holy Spirit for themselves. The events are 4/5 days, living in community with very careful Biblical teaching and practical application, all soaked in an atmosphere of prayer.
The Download - Booking Details from the Dunamis website
Launde Abbey Retreat Programme 2020
Launde Abbey come in many forms. We offer retreats for individuals and groups, those looking for silence and others who are seeking inspiration or creativity. Our programme of retreats is extensive and we hope, offers something for everyone. Every one of our retreats however, offers the chance to step back from the pressures of daily life, to enter a deeper peace with the opportunity to pray and experience God. As part of our ministry Launde has always felt it part of our responsibility as one of the leading retreat houses in the country to encourage new retreat conductors so as to enrich the wider retreat movement.
Website: Launde Abbey Retreat Programme
Peterborough Theological Society
The Peterborough Theological Society is an ecumenical society, open to anyone, which aims to provide a platform for theological, debate which is challenging both to the lay person and to those with theological training.
Meetings are normally held on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm. There are no meetings in July, August or December. The annual membership subscriptions are: £20.00 for an individual member or £30.00 for couples or families or £10.00 for unwaged students. Attendance at individual meetings is £4.00.
Arthur Rank - Rural Ministry Course details
Since 1972 the Arthur Rank Centre, an ecumenical Christian charity, has served both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training.
We provide hundreds of resources for rural churches including a comprehensive range of worship resources and rural stories, ideas and inspiration though our magazine, Country Way. Our highly popular Rural Ministry Course has been running for over 30 years.
Newer projects include Germinate Leadership, a training programme developing the creative and entrepreneurial skills of rural church leaders, and our biennial Germinate Conference, a major national day conference for all those involved in rural mission and ministry.
We have also developed Rural Mission Sunday, an annual celebration of the life and work of rural churches, an opportunity to remember all the things they do well, and challenge themselves to do one new thing.
We are the home of the National Rural Officers for the Church of England, Methodist and United Reformed Church; and also the hub for the church network of Rural Officers and Agricultural Chaplains. Our focus is to support and strengthen the UK's 15,000 rural churches, so they can respond positively to change and impact the communities they serve.
Peace & Reconciliation Training and Support
The EM2 Making Peace with Conflict course leader Jo Williams and her husband have set up a training centre in Yorkshire which is part of the Baptist Church where they minister.
Joanna Williams has over 20 years experience of devising, and delivering high quality training in and for churches, colleges, and other organisations. Training that is offered from the Blackley Centre is mainly bespoke, created to fit the needs and requirements of the particular client. Topics are wide ranging but centre around the area of peace-building, communication, managing conflict and anxiety effectively and developing teams that work together well.
Joanna provides training in Understanding and Transforming Conflict in Churches for all of the five Baptist Colleges in England and Wales as part of their formation programmes for Ministers and Church Leaders.
Website: Blackley Centre for more information
Centre for Pioneer Learning
The Centre is supported by the Diocese of Ely Ridley Hall and Westcott House, Cambridge.
The Centre for Pioneer Learning aims to serve all pioneers who are establishing new forms of church and taking the church to new places throughout the UK and the world. Our aim is to establish an environment where pioneers can learn together, be resourced and supported in their pioneering roles. We want to work with you in taking pioneering forward in its scope and effectiveness. We want to establish training for pioneers by pioneers while also recognising the need to learn from others with skills, insights and experiences which may help pioneers.
Website: Centre for Pioneering Learning
Scottish United Reformed & Congregational College
The College offers a range of learning opportunities in collaboration with the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland.
We follow a pattern of preparing ministers 'in the world, for service to the world': This means that our ordinand students study for theological qualifications with educational partners, often local universities. Ordinands take classes alongside students from other denominations, and often with 'ordinary' graduate and undergraduate students heading for a multiplicity of careers. Scottish College students bring their calling to ministry to be rooted and matured in the academic marketplace of ideas. Our approach is also 'with the whole Church, to serve the Church': almost all elements of our formational programme are also made available to members, elders and local church leaders. Ministerial formation is integrated with the education of the whole people of God – learning together with and from one another.
PGDip/MA Course in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry at York St John University
Religion in Society MA, PgDip, PgCert - Interested in understanding the complex interactions between religion and society in the modern world? Students working
This course emphasises the importance of understanding the current religious climate and the interrelation of secular and religious communities. We consider the representation of religion in the media and popular culture, its activity in the public sphere and its significance for identity and wellbeing.
Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time - Start date – September 2020 School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
For further information contact York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX | Phone: 01904 624624 | Media: 01904 876466
Transforming Church Conflict
Five-Day Foundation Courses from ‘Bridge Builders’
Since 1996 the London Mennonite Centre has been running its highly regarded courses on handling conflict in church communities. These short courses introduce church leaders to ways of transforming conflict in the church and can serve as a foundation for the full Bridge Builders training. You are encouraged to come if you wish to:
- develop new skills for handling conflict
- give time to personal growth as part of a worshipping community
- be part of a movement that is changing the culture of the church
- help put the church’s energy to more creative use.
Website: London Mennonite Centre
Professional Doctorate Programme
Professional Doctorate Programme Run by the Cambridge Theological Federation with Anglia Ruskin University. Details of this programme are best found on the Cambridge Theological Federation website