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em3EM3 Opportunities

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 2017

laundy-abbeyI am excited to welcome you to the 2017 Launde Abbey 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 2017

The next Spring School is on 8th to 12th May 2017spring-school-france-2017

At Maison Diocesaine de'Accueil, Merville, France

The theme is "Church in the Market Square"

Our programme for this Spring School will give us time to look at some of the current issues of being church in Europe. We expect to take some time to explore and reflect on the effects of BREXIT, the refugee situation and our place in an increasingly secular society. We might even find the space to touch on our Christian identity in the light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!            

Download: Spring School Booking Form 2017

French Battlefields trip

Reflection on Spring School 2015  - held on 27th April - 1st May 2015 - Maison Diocesaine de'Accueil, Merville, France.   

Staying in Merville we explored issues of war and peace and faith within the particular context of the First World War. The School included visits to significant sites as well as time for reflection and worship, along with the usual space for relaxation and fellowship. 

Download: Reflection on Spring School 2015 Report and Pictures

Download: Mary Playfords' reflection of Spring School 2013

Ministers' Get-Together: 18th - 20th  September 2017  Going Beyond Ourselves

Launde Abbey East Norton, Leicestershire LE7 9XBLaunde-Chapel-in-the-ground-2-150x150

Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th September 2017

Going Beyond Ourselves - Worship, Mission and Discipleship

For 2017 we will be spending time in the stunning surroundings of Launde Abbey. All rooms are en-suite. Our surroundings will help us to focus our hearts and minds on our subject matter for our time together which is nurturing of both our personal spiritual life and that of the churches we serve This time together will help us prepare ourselves for Walking the Way—Living the Life of Jesus Today. Nicola Grieves our Children & Youth Development Officer, Paul Whittle our Moderator and I will be contributing to our time together and leading our theme-linked worship. Our guest speaker who will lead our keynote sessions is Revd Wayne Hawkins and we are delighted to welcome Dr Alison Gray to lead our times of Bible Study. Here is an introduction to them both

This event is eligible for EM funding.                   Download: Ministers Get Together Booking Form

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.

Website: Eastern Regional Training Partnership

Creative Leadership in the Rural Church - The Arthur Rank Centre

Creative Leadership in the Rural Church (CLiRC) is an exciting new programme that will help you - whether you are lay or ordained - develop your creative and entrepreneurial skills for effective rural church leadership. It has been piloted successfully in Yorkshire and is now ready to be offered nationally. The challenges facing rural communities and churches are considerable and require imaginative and energetic responses. By helping you release your entrepreneurial spirit we want to create empowered and resourceful communities and require imaginative, energetic and collaborative responses.

Website: Creative Leadership in the Rural Church

On Line Resources for Rural Churches

arthur-rankThe vast majority of the resources from the ARC are deliverd through our website, and most of these are regularly added to or adapted. Virtually all are freely downlodable, except items in the bookstall and our magazine, Country Way. View link below.

Website: The Arthur Rank Centre Resources

Website: The Arthur Rank Centre    

Centre for Pioneer Learning

The Centre is supported by the Diocese of Ely Ridley Hall and Westcott House, Cambridge.

Website: Centre for Pioneering Learning


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

Website: Scottish United Refomed & Congregational College       Download: Learning Together Programme 2015-2016

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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 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

Download: Consultancy for Mission and Ministry Programme

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

Website: Cambridge Theological Federation Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology 

Eastern and Thames North Synods - Ministers' Spring School 2015

Spring School 2015- 27th April - 1st May 2015 - Maison Diocesaine de'Accueil, Merville, France

maison-diocesaineWe will travelling to mainland Europe. Accommodation has been booked provisionally at the Maison Diocésaine d’Accueil, Merville, France.   A coach has also been booked.   This will pick up participants from both synods and then travel on to France.

Staying in Merville we will explore issues of war and peace and faith within the particular context of the First World War. The School will include visits to significant sites as well as time for reflection and worship, along with the usual space for relaxation and fellowship.

We hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very special and memorable Spring School.

Download: Spring School Flyer and Booking Form when available.





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