Training for Everyone: Foundations in Christian Ministry

Training for Everyone: Foundations in Christian Ministry

Foundations in Christian Ministry is for lay Christian disciples who are seeking to explore their vocation in community with others. It is a one-year programme in the Diocese of Exeter designed to: deepen Christian discipleship; explore and help form gifts for ministry; help in discerning God’s call for the next step in ministry; and provide a foundation for further training in lay ministry.

It may lead on to:

The Programme

Seven study days are delivered on Saturdays through the year, starting in September, providing teaching on the Bible, Theology, Spirituality and Pastoral Care. Students meet in smaller tutor groups to reflect together on their experiences of the Course, and spend time together in worship, socialising and vocational exploration.

Students also participate in discussion groups and receive support in their parish and local area, and engage in personal journalling and further reading.

Download the Course description 2018-19 (pdf)

How to Apply

Enquiries: For more information and initial enquiries about pursuing the programme, please contact Revd David Carrington, the Director of Lay Education, at davecarrington@swmtc.org.uk. We also suggest you talk to your parish priest to explore whether they would sponsor you.

Registration: Forms for the next academic year are usually available in the new year, and the deadline is usually Easter. Interviews for the programme take place between Easter and July.

Entry requirements: Open to all in the Diocese of Exeter.

Fees: Core training costs are met by the Diocese. Students are responsible for the costs of travel and books.

What students have said

“Each study day was totally inspirational” … “Teaching was excellent” … “Tutors hugely encouraging and inspiring” … “Encouraged me to become involved in planning worship” … “Affirmed my calling”

Pastoral Training

The training aims to provide the student with a Biblical context to and understanding of contemporary pastoral practice, and to encourage and equip them with some basic pastoral tools.

The content covers pastoral issues, including pastoral theology and practice. It includes: listening skills, coping with difficult people, hospital visiting, bereavement visiting, safeguarding issues, mental health issues, and creating a pastoral team.

The training is for anyone who has completed the Foundations in Christian Ministry course and wishes to explore a vocation to or receive training in pastoral work.

It is delivered by Diocese of Exeter in association with SWMTC. The Revd Preb Sue Sheppard hosts six Saturday morning sessions in the SWMTC Library at Riverside in Exeter. Visiting speakers in the past have included a community mental health specialist, a hospital chaplain and a member of Cruse.

Evangelism Training

God’s Good News needs to be shared! You will be introduced to biblical ideas of evangelism as well as contemporary understandings, and be equipped with some essential evangelistic tools. Topics covered include: an introduction to evangelism, New Testament models, issues around evangelism, spheres of influence, culture and context, sharing our faith story, and sharing our hope.

The training is for anyone who has completed the Foundations in Christian Ministry course and wishes to explore a vocation to or receive training in evangelism.

It is delivered by Diocese of Exeter in association with SWMTC. Barry Dugmore, the Diocesan Mission Enabler, hosts three sessions in the autumn and three in the new year. The time and location of the sessions is discussed and arranged with participants.