South west ministry training course

NEWS - We congratulate Dr Cherryl Hunt on successfully completing her PhD in theology.

NEWS - On 26th June David Nixon celebrated his silver jubilee of ordination and ministry with a Eucharist at St James church Exeter, attended by family, friends and colleagues.

NEWS - Our programmes have recently been independently reviewed by Revd Dr Helen Burn, Ministry-Division-appointed Quality Advisor to the Course for the diocesan bishops. Her report was very favourable and referred to: “…a highly qualified and committed staff team, a wide network of associate staff and tutors with whom relationships have been built up over many years and who constitute a dynamic group of reflective practitioners….”

She said that “Students spoke consistently highly of the quality of the teaching of the staff team, value greatly the mutual support and learning they experience, feel that the course is a stimulating and hospitable place for a wide range of spiritual traditions, and value being able to travel with those of very different views”.

NEWS - Planning work gets underway for new lay formation year
SWMTC has started work to develop a new part-time lay formation year that will give Christians across Devon an opportunity to discern God’s call in community with others.

The new programme will provide a year of theological study and formation, including regular study days with a cohort of other students, discipleship training, and regular participation in worship. It is intended to provide people who feel as if God is calling them to a particular vocation with a chance to listen closely to God’s word, and to respond appropriately.

“This course is aimed at a wide variety of people, who want the space to reflect on their vocation on a course that fits around their work, home and lifestyle commitments” explains Tim Gibson, director of lay education at SWMTC. “At the end of it, participants may choose to pursue a vocation to licensed ministry, or they may emerge with a clearer sense of what God is calling them to do in their local context. For example, they may feel called to get more involved in pastoral visiting, or worship leading, or mission. The focus is very much on discerning God’s will, and responding to his call upon us.”

The first intake on the new programme is expected to be in September 2016. For more information, contact Tim Gibson.

NEWS - It is important to ring the office (01392 272544) before visiting the SWMTC library to check that you can get access. The SWMTC library is usually accessible during office hours or from 6pm on evenings when there is an evening class, but not always

NEWS - Our office and library are now at: Suite 1.3, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AY. Our main phone number is 01392 272544. Exeter evening classes are held at Renslade House.

SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Laura McLachlan on 01392 272544
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