One key role of the local church is to help us grow in our lifelong faith, discipleship and ministry. This can happen in all kinds of ways – for example, through services and sermons, through confirmation groups, homegroups and Lent courses, and through personal prayer and study.

As a diocese we offer a range of training and learning opportunities aimed at encouraging and equipping mission and ministry in the local church. Details of current and forthcoming courses can be downloaded here:

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These courses are open to anyone who wants to come along and learn more about Christian life, faith and ministry in the world.  You’ll find a warm, friendly and stimulating context in which people enjoy learning together and from each other.  What you’ll also find is more structured learning environment than is normally possible in the local church.

To be added to a termly e-mailing of forthcoming course information, please contact the training department through Carolyn Main.   Alternatively, to hear of such events (and other news) on a regular basis, you might like to subscribe to the diocesan enews.

Sometimes it makes sense for a number of churches in an area to work together to provide a learning opportunity. This might be across a benefice, or a cluster of churches, or ecumenically. Many deaneries organise training within the deanery (and Department of Mission staff are happy to help deaneries with this).  We are always delighted to run any of our courses where there is local demand.  Do contact us if you are interested in this.

Training opportunities are also offered in such areas as youth ministry, children’s ministrysocial justice issues and pastoral care.    Details of other resources and information you might find helpful for local use can be found here:

There are, of course, many other organisations which provide training  and specialist expertise in particular areas.  Some of those to offer training locally include  the Church Mission Society, the Royal School of Church Music and a number of theological institutions,

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