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This page is a combined list of all of the training which we are offering as a circuit, along with all of the training we are recommending, including that run by our partners. We hope that this list will help all of our members who are interested in further training to be able to find it and undertake it.

Our Training Programme

From September 2017 we will be developing and growing our training portfolio to better equip our three thousand members, this can be found in our training courses and events list below. If you are one of those members and have a training need which is not met below, please do get in touch with our training lead, Tom Milton, on 0121 616 1800 or email him here. If you know of training which is happening and not listed here, but which would be helpful for us to signpost, then please also get in touch with Tom.

Training Courses and Events

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Start: 13th January 2018 10:00 am End: 13th January 2018 1:00 pm

Vocation and Calling Exploration Day

Description: An afternoon where anyone can come and explore (without commitment) their calling or vocation in a number of key areas including Local Preaching, Worship Leading, Pastoral Visiting, Chaplaincy and Ordained Ministry. This will be a chance to have an introduction to each of them and a chance to talk to people who are involved with them, both people with many years experience, and people who are newly involved in them. This might also be an opportunity to talk to someone if you’re not sure what God is calling you to next and would like a sounding board.

Start: 20th January 2018 9:00 am End: 20th January 2018 4:00 pm

Bishops Certificate in Children's Ministry

Description: This training course, now open to Methodist Members, is a toolkit for those whose ministry is amongst children and families. It is an opportunity to be inspired with ideas to take back to your church, both from the leaders, but also from others also leading similar groups. You can attend an introductory morning on 18th November 2017 at 10am at the same location. A detailed flier will be available in the training section on the circuit website.

Start: 10th February 2018 10:00 am End: 10th February 2018 1:00 pm

Dementia Awareness

Description: The Alzheimer's Society describe dementia as “a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language” which have “become severe enough to affect daily life”. It is really important that we support people within our churches who are affected by dementia and this course provides the knowledge you need to begin this task, and perhaps to start your journey towards becoming a dementia-friendly church.

Start: 22nd February 2018 9:30 am End: 29th September 2018 4:30 pm

Pastoral Supervision Certificate & Diploma Course

This course is open to both lay and ordained and consists of four modules of three days each. Participants can choose to exit the programme with either a certificate or diploma. These qualifications are validated by the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice. The course training hours exceed those required for senior accreditation with APSE.


Start: 24th February 2018 10:00 am End: 24th February 2018 1:00 pm

Mental Health Awareness

Description: A short course to resource you in your understanding of mental health and what can affect it. The course includes an introduction to mental health, a guide to supporting people who are struggling with their mental health and confidence in signposting people to helpful services.

Start: 12th May 2018 10:00 am End: 12th May 2018 1:00 pm

Everyday Faith Sharing (Authentic Evangelism)

Description: The word ‘evangelism’ brings up many different emotions in many different people and can be thought of quite negatively or as something done by those with special training. This course will help unpack what evangelism really is and will help to break down some of the stereotypes associated with it. Being able to share our faith is something essential to any Christian and this course will explore the different ways to do it and how we can do it in an authentic way which feels right to us.

Start: 16th June 2018 10:00 am End: 16th June 2018 3:00 pm

Small Group Leader Training

Description: Small Groups, whether a Bible Study Group, Prayer Group, Class Meeting, Life Group, Cell Group or other group, are one of the best ways to grow and deepen faith. They can be places of learning, worship, prayer, support, welcome and much more besides.

This course will be split into two halves. The first half, with Reverend Tony Malcolm and Reverend Alison Richards in the morning, will look at different ways of running small groups and will unpack how to host, coordinate or run them. This will include the sharing of a variety of tools that might be helpful. The second half of the day will be an afternoon looking at creative prayer with Reverend Karen Webber and Reverend Inderjit Bhogal. A chance to try some different kinds of creative small group prayer out.

Start: 23rd June 2018 9:30 am End: 23rd June 2018 1:00 pm

Young (Junior) Church Training Day

Description: This will be a training morning for all the Children’s leaders in our circuit, designed to be a friendly informal taster session packed with help and advice. It will include Messy Church, Makaton (sign language for worship), Leading Worship, working with Children and Teenagers, working with Families and working with Uniformed Groups.

Start: 30th June 2018 10:00 am End: 30th June 2018 1:00 pm

Church Stewards Gathering

Description: We hope that as many Church Stewards as possible will attend as we meet to worship, pray, and spend time together with a view to developing together our ministry as Church Stewards.

More detailed information about this event and booking information will be available nearer the time.