Lifelong Learning

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Lifelong learning means that learning and development doesn’t stop at licensing  – we are all challenged to continue to learn and grow in faith. 

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Continuous Ministerial Development (CMD) is very varied throughout the dioceses, and the CRC felt that one way we could serve LLMs nationally is to offer blended learning courses – complementing what is already available through your diocese.  A questionnaire was distributed to all Wardens of Readers and the results from 42 dioceses were that this would be well received. 

Blended learning has two main elements. First, you sign up to a particular course through the website, and complete 4-6 sessions online over 4-6 weeks (or longer).  We then encourage dioceses or groups of dioceses to hold formation and application days once a term where LLMs who have completed an online course could get together and discuss how this is going to be applied to your ministry, what difference it will make to your living faith, and give some accountability for change.  In other words, it is not just online learning, there will be opportunity for actually applying what you learn.  If you are not able to attend the day, we are also considering using online webinars.

We are approaching some well known teachers, theologians and organisations to work with us to produce the courses. 

 

Our first module on online worship launched on 10 July 20.  Other modules will following in the autumn, including Preaching for the Everyday and Communicating Faith in the 21st century.  

To sign up for a course go to moodle.cofeportal.org.  If you don’t have a CofE portal account you will be directed to set one up, which is very straightforward, and then you can log in to Moodle and choose the Transforming Ministry section.

We are using a learning platform (Moodle) developed by Church House – our ‘Transforming Ministry’ site.  We aim to make it as straightforward as possible to enrol on a course through our website. Enrol on a course

Currently the modules will be free to LLMs, and we hope to access grants to fund future modules.

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Online Worship Module

In March 2020 the Church changed and it will never be the same again. 

Overnight online worship became a real issue and a challenge for churches across the world. But the learning curve is steep, the stumbling blocks many and the competition, from other organisations trying to win viewers, immense. If you are struggling to produce online worship or doing it but know you can do better, then this is the course for you. 

Three one-hour units take you through both theory and practice. You can join an online community and get help from others wrestling with similar issues. You will hear from those leading worship online regularly and those who work in professional broadcasting. And there are practical tips galore to make your streaming stand out and make an impact. It’s totally free. 

All you need to do is register and start the course at your own pace. God is reshaping the Church and it’s up to us to catch up and move with him.

COMING AUTUMN 2020

Blended learning modules for all Licensed Lay (Reader) Ministers!

We are launching our first two modules in Autumn 2020 :

Produced in partnership with the LICC, this 6 unit module explores the power of preaching for everyday life and is aimed at church preachers and teachers.  The module explores how a focus on whole life disciple making can transform the way we preach.
Available from September 2020
This 5 unit module aims to help participants understand and begin to apply the following: common principles of good communication; preferred methods of communication for various demographic groups; the place of culturally appropriate pedagogy; and alternatives to the traditional sermon.
Available from November 2020
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Our modules are available to complete at your own pace.
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We need to refill the reservoir from which we teach the faith, enable mission, and lead in church and society through study of the Bible, theology and, therefore, continuous ministerial development (CMD).  If we are ‘running on empty’ we have little to give.

Ruth Haldane (CRC Training Project Manager)