TLS (Training, Learning and Serving)

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‘We may not know which way to go at the crossroads but we are able to see the crossroads’

Training, Learning & Serving is the name of a three year course which enables participants to train for new skills, learn more about the Bible and Faith, and serve God’s people in the community and in the Church.

Website: TLS Training for Learning and Serving



The Foundation Course

Two-years exploring some basics of Christian life, spirituality, theology mission and service from a practical and contextual point of view.

Gateways Into Worship

One-year developing deeper understandings and opening up fresh experiences of worship to enrich personal participation and/or equipping for leading.

Gateways Into Care

One-year theoretical and practical learning providing opportunities to increase understanding of yourself, others and the gospel and to turn new insights into active love and care.

Gateways Into Prayer

One-year exploring a wide range of past and present expressions of spirituality to enable you to apply the insights to your own experience and to equip you to help others to do likewise.

Gateways Into  Evangelism

One-year deepening your understanding of evangelism with a focus on employing approaches marked by Christ-like integrity and seeking holistic outcomes.

TLS Developing Community Experiences (DCE) 1 Year course

Beginning September 2016

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Developing Community Experiences is a one year TLS course, which aims to build confidence and enhance skills in the fields of community engagement and mission, thereby helping to transform people's lives.This programme is particularly relevant to volunteers of any age who are involved with church-based community service, initiatives, projects or activities from any denomination; ministers engaged with community ministry; or anyone alredy active in their local neighbourhood or wishing to become more active with local community initiatives and organisations.

Download:  TLS DCE flyer (PDF) for more information and contact the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

For more information of Training and Learning TLS courses in general

- See more at: Discipleship Church Related Community Work CRCW News and Events

Performing Arts in Worship

One-year of discovery and experience in a selection of disciplines from drama, dance, movement, mime, music and speaking to increase your confidence in using individual and group performance to inspire worship.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I need?

It depends on your rate of working but it is designed to need between 7½ and 10 hours per week for 39 weeks.

How much will it cost?


The real cost of TLS is well above the course fee which is charged - the United Reformed Church provides a substantial subsidy for every student.

For the 2015/2016 year the standard TLS course fee is £650. (not for LITE courses. For those who have been active on a TLS course during the previous four TLS years, and for new entrants to TLS who are URC members and who  are have the signed support of their local Church (through a signature on the application form) an automatic discount reduces the annual fee to £550.

The fee includes all course material and full accommodation costs for the weekends. Most people pay by spreading their fee over four quarterly payments. Those who can contribute more than their fee are invited to do so to reduce the subsidy from central funds. Essential reading is contained in the course material, but many find it helpful to buy a few books relating to their particular interests.

No one should hold back from applying because they can't afford the fee. Many congregations, Synods are able to provide assistance with fees or books. A central Bursary Fund can also be applied to by all course members.

How is it organised?

There are home study units for use on your own. Local study groups meet with a tutor six times a term. Support networks consisting of people nominated by the course member offer encouragement and help as people progress through the course. Much more detailed information is in the TLS Prospectus and taster unit.

How do I find out further information?

Website: Training for Learning and Serving

The national TLS co-ordinator:
The Revd Stanley Jackson BA
43, Clifford Moor Road
Boston Spa
LS23 6NW

Tel: 01937 520938
Mobile: 07773 679614

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TLS Administrator
Mrs H Skidmore

Tel: 01777 838634
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Synod Contacts
Liz Bird: 01206 843383
Sue Liddell: 01728 832322

Applications are due by 31st May for entry in September

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