Equipping God’s people in Discipleship and Ministry
All Christian people have a calling from God to know and love him more, and to serve others in his name. Through a range of learning opportunities we seek to equip you in your faith and ministry development, to fulfill your calling to Christian discipleship and mission.
God’s Big Picture is a one-day ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the Old and New Testaments, covering all the key events in Bible history and showing how the whole of Scripture focuses on God's salvation of the world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Click here to book
Hearing God’s Word guides you in engaging with the Bible for your own spiritual development and for sharing it with others, giving an understanding of the principles of interpretation and application in order to hear God’s word to us today.
Preparing for Ministry:
It’s Your Calling is open to anyone who feels God’s call on their life to discover who they are in him and what he might be calling them to do. You may be challenged to try something new, or be confirmed in your current areas of ministry. Vocations advisers work with individuals who are exploring the way in which God may be calling them into a specific area of ministry. Click here to find out more.
Opportunities for development in a specific area, to equip you to serve in your parish or local ministry setting.
Speaking God’s Word – an introduction to preaching and teaching open to those who have completed Hearing God’s Word and who have been recommended by their incumbent.
mission shaped ministry (see Mission & Community Engagement)
Courses in theology and ministry:
Foundation in Christian Ministry
Foundation in Christian Ministry is a diocesan course which equips people in active discipleship and effective ministry.
It is a two stage programme, designed in line with similar programmes which are validated by higher education institutions at levels 4 and 5, for those wishing to critique and further their understanding of their Christian faith, discipleship and calling, as well as for those who intend to candidate for Licensed Lay Ministry.
The first stage of the programme - Certificate in Christian Ministry - is open to anyone who has attended It's Your Calling and who has an active involvement in their local church, or offers a distinctive Christian perspective in another setting, and who wishes to gain knowledge and skills to give a firm foundation to their Christian life and service. It also gives opportunity to explore other areas of ministry under the guidance of your parish priest.
The second stage of the programme – Licensed Lay Ministry – is open to those who are recommended and selected for training as Licensed Lay Ministers. It is designed to equip lay leaders to be ‘people of mission,’ both in fulfilling ministry tasks within the church and by taking an active role as Christians in society. In preparing people for ministry leadership roles within and on behalf of the church, the Licensed Lay Ministry training offers a foundation in theology with opportunity to develop ministry skills in different contexts. Critical reflection on practical experience in the context of theological studies equips people to fulfil a range of ministry leadership roles, developing Lay Ministers who will be:
- Theologically articulate
- Educators with particular areas of missional and/or ministerial responsibility
- Leaders in mission and ministry, sharing the role with incumbents or other diocesan officers
The purpose of the programme is to enable and equip participants to:
- develop understanding of mission and ministry through theological study and practical experience
- undertake structured ministerial experience to acquire and develop a range of skills
- integrate the academic study of theology and ministry with pastoral and missiological practice
- communicate the Christian faith through word and action, within an understanding of various models of mission and their context
- grow in self awareness and appreciate diverse expressions of ministry as the outworking of the Christian life
- clarify their vocation and identify their calling to specific expressions of ministry
- establish the practice of theological reflection in relation to their experiences in ministry
- develop in their prayer lives and spiritual formation
Structure of the programme
Stage One – Certificate in Christian Ministry - is open to anyone who has attended It’s Your Calling and has the support of their incumbent. It comprises 4 modules in the first year of training and two modules in the second year.
By the end of this stage (Certificate in Christian Ministry) participants will be able to:
- communicate the Christian faith in a variety of ways according to context
- engage with the Bible in order to explain key themes and ideas contained in it
- relate their study of theology and the Bible to the practical contexts of Christian ministry and mission
- contribute to a variety of tasks in Christian ministry as reflective practitioners
- apply knowledge of the different ways in which people learn to their own and others’ learning
- interpret Christian faith in a pluralist world
- identify different approaches to theology, biblical studies, ecclesiology and missiology
- demonstrate a maturing faith and an awareness of their own and others’ spiritual formation
Participants who successfully complete and exit the programme at this stage will be awarded a Certificate in Christian Ministry. It will equip them to undertake a local ministry role agreed with their incumbent.
Stage Two - Licensed Lay Ministry
The second stage of the Foundation in Christian Ministry programme is for those preparing for Licensed Lay Ministry in the Diocese of Rochester. Entry to training for Licensed Lay Ministry is through recommendation by your incumbent and PCC, and a selection panel which takes place towards the end of the first year of the first stage of the programme.
This stage comprises 2 additional modules in year 2 and four modules in year 3.
By the end of stage 2 (Licensed Lay Ministry) participants will be able to:
- demonstrate the skills and qualities required for effective leadership including being able to nurture and envision others
- work effectively alongside others in Christian ministry and learn from feedback
- use their knowledge and understanding to undertake a range of ministry tasks
- speak with confidence about their vocation, and understand its implications for their contribution to church life
- contribute to strategic development in the parish/ministry setting
- make use of a range of approaches and resources for dealing with issues which arise in Christian mission and ministry
- communicate and apply theological learning in an integrated manner
To read an article published in the Rochester Link by Bishop James about Lay Ministries please click here
For Courses and Resources for Education for Discipleship please click here
For further information, or if you would like to talk through any of the discipleship and ministry development options available to you, please contact:
|Training Officer – Lay Ministry
Tel: 01634 560000