I offer this page as a way of letting our ministers know of learning/training opportunities that I hear of within Eastern Synod and to promote our own events that we put on for ministers. You will find information on upcoming events below, and this page will be updated on the website on a regular basis.
If as a minister you hear of events that you think your colleagues could benefit from and could be advertised here then do let me know.
Launde Abbey Retreat Programme 2018
The 2018 Launde Abbey Retreat Programme. The team at Launde has worked hard to be able to offer a wide range of retreats that will enable all to feel at home here.
Retreats at Launde Abbey come in many forms. We offer retreats for individuals and groups, those looking for silence and others who are seeking inspiration or creativity. Our programme of retreats is extensive and we hope, offers something for everyone. There is also an opportunity to experience a solitary retreat in our self-catering Oxford and Cambridge Hermitage, which is available for individuals looking to spend time in a more ’removed’ situation. Every one of our retreats however, offers the chance to step back from the pressures of daily life, to enter a deeper peace with the opportunity to pray and experience God.
As part of our ministry Launde has always felt it part of our responsibility as one of the leading retreat houses in the country to encourage new retreat conductors so as to enrich the wider retreat movement. We feel that Launde should always be at the cuttingedge of the retreat movement pushing the boundaries to enable more people to meet God in the stillness and the silence of retreat.
Website: Launde Abbey Retreat Programme
Eastern and Thames North Ministers Spring School - Monday 13th May to Friday 17th May 2019
Venue to and further details to follow shortly.
Ministers' Get-Together: 17th September - 19th September 2018
The 2018 Ministers Get Together will be held at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, NR35 2DZ
The 2018 Ministers' Get Together, we will be spending time in Ditchingham. All rooms are en-suite. Nicola Grieves our Children & Youth Development Officer, Paul Whittle our Moderator will be contributing to our time together.
This event is eligible for EM funding. Download: Booking Form when available
Eastern Regional Training Partnership Theological Refreshment in Ministry
This year's short residential conference on Theological Refreshment in Ministry was the fifth in our regional series. It is open to ministers, priests, local pastors, preachers and Readers from all of our participating churches in the region.
The conference provides an opportunity to learn and pray together in a relaxed atmosphere away from church duties. Each year focuses on one particular theological discipline.
Peterborough Theological Society
The Peterborough Theological Society is an ecumenical society, open to anyone, which aims to provide a platform for theological, debate which is challenging both to the lay person and to those with theological training.
Meetings are normally held on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm. There are no meetings in July, August or December. The annual membership subscriptions are: £20.00 for an individual member or £30.00 for couples or families or £10.00 for unwaged students. Attendance at individual meetings is £4.00.
The Arthur Rank Centre - Creative Leadership in the Rural Church
Since 1972 Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, an ecumenical Christian charity, has served both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training. We provide hundreds of resources for rural churches including a comprehensive range of worship resources and rural stories, ideas and inspiration though our magazine, Country Way. Our highly popular Rural Ministry Course has been running for over 30 years.
Newer projects include Germinate Enterprise, a rural business start-up programme,Germinate Groups learning communities for multi-church groups, and Germinate Leadership, a training programme developing the creative and entrepreneurial skills of rural church leaders. We also run a biennial Germinate Conference, a major national day conference for all those involved in rural mission and ministry. We have also developed Rural Mission Sunday, an annual celebration of the life and work of rural churches, an opportunity to remember all the things they do well, and challenge themselves to do one new thing.
We are the home of the National Rural Officers for the Church of England Methodist and United Reformed Church; and also the hub for the church network of Rural Officers and Agricultural Chaplains. Our focus is to support and strengthen the UK’s 15,000 rural churches, so they can respond positively to change and impact the communities they serve.
The Arthur Rank Centre (ARC) is the recognised centre by the churches in England for Rural Issues. Based at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. The vast majority of the resources from the ARC are delivered through our website, and most of these are regularly added to or adapted. Virtually all are freely downloadable, except items in the bookstall and our magazine, Country Way. View link below.
Centre for Pioneer Learning
The Centre is supported by the Diocese of Ely Ridley Hall and Westcott House, Cambridge.
Website: Centre for Pioneering Learning
SCOTTISH UNITED REFORMED & CONGREGATIONAL COLLEGE
The College offers a range of learning opportunities and the Gowing for Growth education programme offered by the College. In collaboration with the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland
PGDip/MA Course in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry at York St John University
Managing change is high on the agenda of many denominations as they face a challenging future, and those in key roles wrestle with complex issues and the support of the ministry of individuals.
This two-year course offers training in consultancy skills for those responsible for mission strategy and helping others with their work and ministry including:
- Senior church leaders and regional ministerial roles
- Mission and evangelism enablers and consultants
- Training and development officers
- Fresh Expressions and Pioneer ministries
The course is based on a distance learning format with workbooks covering the main strands of Organisational Studies, Mission Theology and Practice, and Consultancy Praxis. Students are supported by an ecumenical tutor team and six short residentials over the two years.
For further information, including a course handbook contact at Tel 01904 876430 / 07809 431871 E-mail:
- Administrator, York Institute for Community Theology. For a conversation with a tutor contact: Dr Helen Cameron Tel 01865 877420 or Revd Ian D Johnson 01609 770853 - Consultancy for Mission and Ministry
York Institute for Community Theology
Website: York St Johns University
Transforming Church Conflict
Five-Day Foundation Courses from ‘Bridge Builders’
Since 1996 the London Mennonite Centre has been running its highly regarded courses on handling conflict in church communities. These short courses introduce church leaders to ways of transforming conflict in the church and can serve as a foundation for the full Bridge Builders training. You are encouraged to come if you wish to:
- develop new skills for handling conflict
- give time to personal growth as part of a worshipping community
- be part of a movement that is changing the culture of the church
- help put the church’s energy to more creative use.
Website: London Mennonite Centre
Professional Doctorate Programme
Professional Doctorate Programme Run by the Cambridge Theological Federation with Anglia Ruskin University. Details of this programme are best found on the Cambridge Theological Federation website