Foundations for Ministry is a part-time lay training course run by the diocese to help you find and grow in the ministry to which God is calling you. It is suitable for anyone who wants to serve God in the church and in the world.
People may go on Foundations for Ministry to explore many different kinds of Christian ministry:
- serving God where they are at work, in the family, in the community
- roles within the church (children’s work, youth work, music ministry, churchwardens, PCC members, pastoral work, administrative work and more)
- ordained ministry
- licensed lay ministry (Readers, Church Army).
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The course will look at the following areas:
As well as the main course content, what many people learn the most from on the course is each other. Foundations is designed as a course where people from different parishes can meet together to learn from and encourage each other.
The course consists of 24 Wednesday evening sessions (6.45-9.00pm). There is also an induction day and two Saturday study days. All sessions are held at Church House, Manchester.
The evenings usually include worship and a lively presentation on a topic followed by small group time. This involves discussion, reflection, practical exercises, personal sharing and prayer. Each group is led by an experienced leader and participation is encouraged.
Participants will need to do about an hour of ‘linkwork’ between sessions, which feeds into the group discussion. There are no essays or assessed work.
The course is open to anyone who wants to grow and develop in Christian ministry. It is not a basics course, so we expect participants to have some background in Christian life and thinking. Applicants will already be involved in serving God through the church and in their lives.
If you are interested in applying, please discuss it first with your church leader and gain their backing before applying.
Contact Stephen Tranter for further details.