Learning and Training opportunties

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

Ebor Lectures

The Ebor Lecture series aims to promote a conversation between theology and public issues. The Yorkshire North & East District is one of five ecumenical partners involved in this venture and in adopting the theme of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ the 12th series marks the centenary of the ending of World War 1. A highlight this year is a family event with Michael Morpurgo. The lectures are free to attend and you are warmly invited.

Full details including how to book tickets are can be found in the leaflet here: Ebor Lectures 2018

Cliff College Summer School

2 weeks to choose from, each with 4 streams of teaching:

30 July – 3 August: Theology, spirituality, chaplainy, film-making

6 – 10 August: Worship: Leading and Preaching

More details can be found here: Cliff College Summer School 2018 leaflet

Plus a more detailed outline on the Spiritualty course can be found here: Cliff College Summer School Aug 2018 – Spirituality

Deep Solidarity – beyond charity and advocacy

Saturday 11 August: 12 noon to 4:30pm – UTU, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield

Joerg Rieger is a Methodist theologian working in the USA. For more than two decades he has worked to bring together theology and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age. His work addresses the relationship of theology to public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics. His main interest is in developments and movements that bring about change and in the positive contributions of religion and theology.

Full details on the poster here: Joerg Rieger 

Chaplaincy Training

Wednesday 5 September – 10am to 4pm

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy & Listening Services currently provide chaplains for 9 sports clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Snooker Academy; Rotherham Hospice and Greystones Medical Centre; 7 of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue stations; and 4 businesses, including Sheffield Forgemasters. There are outstanding requests from 4 organisations  for Chaplains, plus a request for  additional Fire Stations to be covered, and they are in active discussions with 4 additional businesses for either Chaplaincy or Listening services.

The next delivery of theirChaplaincy Training course is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September, 10am – 4pm (arrive from 9.30am for registration and coffee).  The course is for prospective and new chaplains.

If  there are people at your church that you think may be suitable for, and interested in, chaplaincy please feel free to pass on details of the training: Chaplaincy Course Outline.

There is no guarantee that attending means that you will be invited onto the chaplaincy team as there is a recruitment process in place of which the training forms  only one part.

Learning Hubs

Sheffield Circuit with CaSS (Christians and Sheffield Schools) are running 4 learning hubs between September and May next year.

The sessions are aimed at anyone with involvement or interest in young people – youth workers and volunteers, parents, grandparents, ministers, next door neighbours, teachers etc.

Please book via Fiona Walton or Jonathan Buckley, details on the flyer here: Learning Hubs

  • 26 September 2018  Risky Relationships led by Beth Stout, Golddigger Trust Salvation Army, Psalter Lane, S11 8YN
  • 14 November 2018  Exploring Self-Worth led by Dr. Claire Rush, Girls’ Brigade Montgomery Centre, S1 2LG
  • 13 February 2019  Mental Health led by Tim Jansen, Pontes Training Wesley Hall Methodist Church, S10 1UD
  • 21 May 2019  Online Bullying & Social Media led by Jody Wigfull, Founder of ‘Unique’ course Hillsborough Trinity, S6 4HE

Growing through Conflict

17 October from 10 to 3:30 at Broom Methodist Church

This is a workshop exploring conflict and its transformation, offered to church leaders and leadership teams. It will help you:

  • understanding conflict better
  • transforming conflict
  • growing through conflict.
  • ‘conflict styles’ – what we need to know!
  • give you ‘tools’ to help

There is an ‘inventory’ to complete beforehand for all course participants, so pleae RSVP to Joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com – 01709 372863

Germinate Leadership 2018

Helping lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership

Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.

The programme combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues including conflict resolution, team building and group dynamics, and the importance of deepening emotional intelligence.

The 18-month programme includes two residentials, programme days, a leadership style review, mentoring and work shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme builds on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.

The fees for the programme are £1250 – but there are substantial bursaries available specifically for Methodists, plus general bursaries, and of course District funds could be tapped into. The Methodist bursary alone could account for nearly half the fees.

Full details can be found in the brochure here:Germinate-Leadership-Brochure-2018

or visit the website: http://germinate.net/training/germinate-leadership/

Word 2018  “Looking at the Cross through and Old Testament Lens”

How did the first disciples make sense of the Cross of Christ when they only had the Old Testament to draw on?’

WORD 2018 is a one day meeting with three sessions aimed at building up everyone in our faith and encouraging action. It will be at The King’s Cross Church Hexthorpe, Doncaster on Saturday 22 September starting at 9:30 am with welcome drinks and finishing at 3 pm.

The speaker is the Revd Paul Smith. Paul is justly well known for his outstanding and gripping Bible teaching. He makes a very welcome return to this event. A former Chair of HEADWAY / MET he has been a prominent evangelical leader for many years and a leading light at the Methodist Conference.

You can bring your own food or order meals on the booking form available from richard.iball@btinternet.com. The day jointly organised by The King’s Cross Church and Methodist Evangelicals Together.’

Download the flyer for more information and to book a place: Word 2018