South west ministry training course

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 - New Readers were licensed in Exeter Cathedral on 3 October, a very happy and blessed occasion. Well done to all! Click here for photo.

NEWS - The Hooker lecture ‘I believe in the resurrection of the body’, was given by Dr Paula Gooder on 11th and 12th November. Dr Paula Gooder is theologian in residence for the Bible Society and an internationally renowned New Testament Theologian. The lecture can be heard from the Exeter cathedral website here.

NEWS - We congratulate the following who were ordained deacon in Exeter Cathedral on Sept 13: Carl Budden, Ruth Frampton, Pamela Wheeler, Christopher Durrant, Jane Frost, Peter Ingerslev, Morwenna Ludlow, Clive Jobbins, Bryant Sanders, and Caroline Raby. Our prayers are with them and with those being priested this Michaelmastide.

NEWS - We congratulate Gary Eve and Heather West on their ordination as deacons in Truro Cathedral on July 3. We also share in the delight of those made priest in Truro on July 4. And we celebrate the priesting of our Director of Lay Education, Dr Tim Gibson, at Wells.

NEWS - We congratulate the Revd Dr Tim Gibson on the honour of being asked to preach in Westminster Abbey this June.

NEWS - The Common Awards partnership between Durham University and the Church of England has made ten 'seedcorn' grants to promote theological education. SWMTC is much honoured to have received two of them - on the teaching of science/religion issues and ecotheology (Dr Southgate), and the exploration of how issues of sexuality are taught in the sector (Dr Nixon).

NEWS - We thank the St Luke's College Foundation for their support of the partnership between SWMTC, Exeter University, and Exeter Cathedral, which led to the public lecture by Dr Sam Wells in the Cathedral in June. We look forward to the Hooker Lectures of Dr Paula Gooder in Novermber.

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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