Foundations for Ministry

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).

Download Foundations for Ministry leaflet

What does the course cover?

The course will look at the following areas:

  • God’s kingdom and what it means to be the church
  • How we apply our faith to life
  • What ministry is and how we can find and develop our own ministry
  • What are our own gifts and skills and how we can use them with others
  • How the Bible, prayer and working with others can support our ministry
  • Ways of working together that can enrich the ministry of the whole church
  • How small groups work
  • The challenge of mission and how we can share our faith as churches and as individuals.

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.

How much work is involved?

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.

Who can apply?

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.