Learning and Training opportunties

Here is a list of some of the Learning and Training Opportunities that are happening both locally and further afield.

Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship

This is a collaborative exercise between Cliff College, Methodist Pioneering Pathways (Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network), and Church Mission Society. The Certificate will be within the Cliff College Short Course Programme for the 2017-18 academic year.  The ‘Make Good’ course, leading to a Cliff College Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship course, is to be delivered by Martin Lawson and Steve Baker, and is a course developed by three partner organisations (Church Mission Society, Pickwell Foundation and Matryoshka Haus). We are delighted to be able to be joining forces deliver this very successful course at Cliff College. The week long course is planned for 13-18 May  2018, and more details, including how to register,  can be found via this link:


Please feel free to pass on this news to those who could be interested in this new course which is ideal for pioneers and budding entrepreneurs.  To register an interest please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk

‘This is a course which brilliantly engages with people and their ideas, and moves them from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’.  Encouraging participants to build from what they’re passionate about, equipping them with a set of tools for the journey, and helping them find resources and partners as they answer the question “What does good look like in my context?” It’s always a real privilege to be able to journey alongside participants as they process how they can creatively and entrepreneurially innovate in ways that offer hope and impact to their communities and situations’. Martin Lawson, Course Leader; Make Good 

‘This is an excellent course, that has already proved itself across the country, and we are grateful to be able to offer it here at Cliff College. It will allow pioneers and other creative entrepreneurs in the church the opportunity to explore strategic ways forward for expanding their ‘Big Idea’, and making significant impact into their community’. Ian White, Programme Leader, Short Courses, Cliff College

Certificate courses in Pioneer Ministry

There is also the existing Certificate courses in Pioneer Ministry which will take place at Cliff in the 2017/18 academic year.  Pioneer Ministry Certificate 1 (Vocation & Mission) will be Mon 13th – Fri 17th November 2017. And Pioneer Ministry 2 (Church and Practice) will be Mon 19th – Fri 23rd March 2018.

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Dates of next meetings:

Saturday 2 September 2017        10.00am – 3.30pm
Saturday 2 December 2017         10.00am – 3.30pm  (Venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 3 February 2018           10.00am – 3.30pm

at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Lees LS1 3AX.

For a conversation or to book a place, please contact:

Revd Graham Jones (Ministry Development Officer) at: jonesg@methodistchurch.org.uk or 07799 902574
Revd Sean Adair (Superintendent, Bolsover & Staveley) at: revsean@btinternet.com or 01246 823180

Download a flyer to pass this information on to others: Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2017-18

Aurora Youth & Children’s Ministry Courses

Recruitment for the Aurora Youth and Children’s Ministry Courses are now open! The Aurora Courses are aimed at volunteer Youth and Children’s Workers in local  Churches, are accredited by Cliff College and run in partnership between Cliff College, YMCA White Rose and the Sheffield Diocese. They run from September to May each year, consist of monthly training sessions on Wednesday evenings and three Saturday training days throughout the year.

For more information, and to request a application pack, please visit www.auroratraining.org.uk.

Mental Health Awareness Days

The Diocese of Sheffield have been organising these events since 2011. They are aimed at reducing the isolation, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, and increasing the understanding of what mental distress is and how we can improve our own mental health wellbeing.

Date of next event:-

Saturday, 16th September, 2017 – All Saints Church Ecclesall, Sheffield
Leaders for the day are Emily Wood PhD M Med Sci RNMH, qualified Mental Health Nurse and currently research worker with Sheffield University, and
Sarah Tipper, Occupational Therapist with Sheffield Mental Health Trust (Sheffield Health and Social Care)

You can download the flyer for more information: May 2017 Awareness Day Leaflet

Mission Shaped Ministry

Equipping you for a lifetime of good practice and learning in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church.

The Anglican Diocese of Sheffield, Methodist Church and the Baptist Association are delighted to make msm available locally. We believe it will be a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in this area. Individuals are most welcome, but we particularly hope that small groups from a church or fresh expression will come as this will deepen the impact of the course.

Course timetable and venue:

  • Saturday 23 September 2017
  • Tuesday 17 October 2017
  • Residential Weekend 17-19 November 2017
  • Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Saturday 21 April 2018
  • Tuesday 22 May 2018
  • Tuesday 12 June 2018
  • Saturday 7 July 2018

Saturdays run from 09.15-16.00 & Weeknights from 19.00 -21.30 at Wickersley Methodist Church, Bawtry Road, Rotherham, S66 1JJ. The residential weekend is at Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffield, S32 3XG

Download the flyer to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested! T05 – Rotherham 2017

Eco-Church Conference

Saturday 21 October – St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

  • Does your church wish it could be more eco-friendly?
  • Do you worry about how we can take better care of God’s creation?
  • Have you heard of – or maybe you’ve signed up for – the Eco-Church Award?
  • Would you like to meet up with others with the same eco concerns, and get advice from experts?

Then – save the date of Saturday, 21st October. With senior staff from A Rocha UK (who run the Eco-Church Award) and other experts, St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church (S11 8YL) are planning a regional eco-church conference on that date.

Fuller details in coming months.
Local contact: Chris Lowry, kclsheff@yahoo.co.uk.

If you want to know more about A Rocha and Eco-Church: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk.

A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship

Saturday 27 January 2018

Led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham. For further information, download the flyer:LP study day or contact admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk