South west ministry training course
Ministry Training

A one-year part-time programme to:
- deepen discipleship
- develop your gifts
- discern God’s call
doing so in the company of others

  • do you feel you would like to serve your local Church more, but are not sure of the direction?
  • are you interested in leading worship, or preaching, or pastoral care, or evangelism, and feel the need for more training?
  • would you like to work with others in a group, praying and learning together for a year while listening for God speaking about your vocation?

Then the Foundations in Christian Ministry course could be for you.

The programme consists of:

  • teaching – on the Bible, spirituality, theology, and pastoral care
  • time together – in worship, discussion, and vocational exploration
  • involvement in your own parish – in a study group and personal journaling

It is delivered through seven Saturday study days through the year, starting in September, plus guided involvement in local groups. The costs are met by the Diocese, though you would be responsible for your own costs for travel and books.

It may lead on to:

  • training to be a licensed lay Reader (over two further years)
  • training to be a pastoral assistant
  • training to be an evangelist
  • other lay ministry training (for example in hospital chaplaincy)
  • simply using what you have gained back in your own parish

If you are interested… talk to your parish priest to explore whether he or she would like to sponsor you for this. Interviews for the programme take place between Easter and July.

The programme is mainly for those exploring a lay vocation, though if you are exploring ordained ministry you may also be recommended to do this year by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands.

For dates and more details, download a pdf course information sheet here.

More information can be obtained from The Revd David Carrington, Director of Lay Education at SWMTC, on

SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Belinda Speed-Andrews on 01392 272544
South West Ministry Training Course is a company limited by guarantee. Company number 3070559. Charity number 1056606