Short Courses

Contact: Rose Robinson Mobile: 07827157328
Work E-mail:
Or Mrs Val Butler, Formation and Ministry Team, Diocesan Office, St Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester ME1 1SL

The following two courses are delivered by those who have been suitably trained by the Church of England / Diocesan Formation and Ministry team.


God’s Big Picture in the Old and New Testament

Aim: To give an overview of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible

Duration: 5 evenings

By the end of the course participants will know key events in Bible history showing Scripture’s focus on God’s salvation of the world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; have an introduction to the main genres of biblical literature and have had some practical help on how to avoid some common mistakes in interpretation.  Cost for the five evenings is £30 per participant

For more information contact Rose or Val (see top of page)

To book contact Val Butler (01634 560000) or email


Introduction to Healing and Wholeness

Duration: 2 Saturdays

Aim: To equip and nurture individuals in the gifts of the healing ministry.

By the end of the course participants will have had the opportunity to develop their skills of listening and reflecting, explored the concept of wholeness, gained experience in prayer ministry, reflected on healing in the bible and have discerned whether this ministry is for them at this time.   Needs incumbent approval.

A minimum number of 10 attendees are required for this course to take place.  Participants must be able to attend on both days.  Cost for the two days is £30.

For more information contact Rose or Val (see top of page)

To book contact Val Butler (01634 560000) or email

Follow on day courses: (after completing the above course)

  • Dying and Bereavement 
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Inner Healing 
  • Developing a Healing Ministry
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation 
  • Healing Ministry and Complementary Therapies

Duration: 1 day each (three of these six run each year)

These courses are delivered by those with appropriate experience.

The Diocese arranges the venues and leaders for all of the above and invites participants to come along but it is helpful to have local assistance with refreshments / logistics/ pastoral support

The following three courses can be purchased from the Diocese and then run by the Parish/ Deanery themselves in their own location:

(fee of £50 per course paid to the Diocese by the Parish or Deanery for the materials - they can then be reused and we send any update; there are  resources that may be photocopied – leader’s and participants handouts, PowerPoint programmes and evaluation forms.)


Caring Concerns

Duration: 2 Saturdays or 5 evenings

Aim: Basic information about Christian pastoral care


Caring Concerns is an introductory course which covers areas of pastoral ministry:

  • Who we are in Christ
  • Listening skills
  • Skills in spiritual care with different age groups
  • Coping with stress
  • Introduction to loss and bereavement
  • Boundaries and confidentiality
  • Setting up a pastoral care team

A certificate of attendance is given by the F&M team to any who complete the whole course.


Hearing God’s Word

Duration: 2 Saturdays or 6 evenings    

Aim: Teaching on Interpreting and applying the Bible


Hearing God’s Word is an introductory course covering areas of:

  • The God who loves to speak;
  • Interpreting and understanding God’s Word;
  • Ask, ‘Why?’;
  • How the New Testament came to us;
  • Truly hearing God’s Word

Follow-on Course:

Speaking God’s Word

(must first have completed Hearing God’s Word)

Duration: 3 Saturdays or 6 evenings

Aim: Introduction to preaching and teaching


  • Why do we speak and How do we know what to say?
  • Home Groups
  • Preparing to speak.
  • Speaking when children are present.
  • Sharing of pre-prepared outlines of sermon/talk/Bible-Study in small groups with plenary discussion
  • Workshops (designed according to the needs of the course participants)

This course may be used to obtain ‘permission’ from Bishop James for lay people to preach or teach on an occasional basis within their own parish context. Those wishing to gain this ‘permission’ must attend all sessions of both the Hearing and Speaking parts of the course and take part in the assessment element of the course. The assessment involves:

  • producing an outline of a sermon/talk/Bible Study which they share with no more than 3 other people during the course
  • preparing and giving a sermon/talk or leading a Bible study in their own parish in the presence of their incumbent (or appropriate substitute if in interregnum) who gives written and verbal feedback. The participant then writes a reflection on the process of preparation, delivery and feedback (max. 1500 words) and presents it with the sermon/talk/Bible study notes and a copy of the written feedback.

The final decision as to whether ‘permission’ will be granted will be with Bishop James and not with the course creators or leaders.

Short courses in Spirituality

Quiet Days and Retreats

The Spirituality Network in Rochester Diocese provides shorter courses in spirituality, quiet days, retreats and spiritual accompaniment.  If you are interested have a look at blog or join the network mailing list.

For more info contact: Rev Susanne Carlsson by phone 07795 167603 or by email

Mission and Community Engagement

For Parish courses relating to Mission and Community Engagement Contact: Carol Evans, by phone 01634 560000 or email


For vocational courses such as It’s Your Calling see under Ministry: Vocations

Children’s and Youth Work

For training relating to Children’s and Youth Work see under Mission: Children and Young People

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