Resources and courses
If you are wondering where God is calling you, the most important thing to do is to pray. You may like to use some of the prayers in this Prayer booklet.
Courses and conferences, directed at specific kinds of ministry, are also organised. For example:
Is God calling you? St Albans Vocations Event: Saturday 3 February 2018. Come and hear Bishop Michael and a range of speakers talking about different forms of ministry in God’s church.
St Peter’s, London Colney. For more details Email Barbara Young.
There are various small groups around the diocese who meet in homes to study GOLD Open Learning courses (Group-based Open Learning Discipleship) . For more information go to www.goldproject.org. New courses are starting in January 2018:
Foundations of Love and Hope:- Letters of John and Revelation. Tuesdays 7.30-9.00pm starting 18 January, in Bedford with Richard Janes. 01234 261093, email@example.com, Encountering God’s Kingdom 2: Luke and Acts. Wednesdays 10-11.30am starting 24 January in Preston, nr Hitchin, with Meta Reeves. 01492 459567, firstname.lastname@example.org, Discover Life:- The Gospel of John. Mondays 8-9.30pm starting 08 January in Colney Heath, nr St Albans with Amanda Furlong. 01727 825601, email@example.com
- BELIEF Bedford has a new course in the New Year, see their current courses here. This 10-week course is an introduction to academic study of the New Testament, and will examine the structure, purpose, and themes of several genres of New Testament texts. The texts will be set in the context of the world in which they were produced and the earliest development of Christianity. This course is running both in St Albans and in Bedford. Please see the separate pages for each venue. This may be taken independently, or as a 20 credit core module (with assessment) of SACT. Tutor: The Rev’d Dr John Weaver, Tutor in New Testament Studies Cost: £110 Venue: St Andrews, Kimbolton Rd, Bedford, MK40 2PF Dates: Tuesdays 9 Jan – 20 March (excl. 13 Feb) 2018, Start time: 7.45pm
BELIEF Bedford was set up in 2006 by a group of Christians in and around Bedford who wanted to create opportunities for high quality, accessible Christian education in this area
For information on the wide range of ministerial opportunities in the Church of England, click here
Seeking the Way, a course for laypeople seeking to know better how and where to serve God and his Church. The 2018 dates will be set in a few months. For the 2017 brochure please click here and read testimonials from previous Seeking The Way delegates here, or watch a video on our Facebook page. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, but if you have any other queries please speak to Charles Burch, Diocesan Vocations Officer Email Charles. Read about what someone who has been on the course thought about it. Ash has recently been selected to start ordination training.
Step Forward A day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England. There will be:
- Time for worship, prayer and Bible study
- An opportunity to find out what being ordained is really like – its highs and lows
- Space to look at your own experience and what God might be calling you to in the future
The chance to discover how the selection process and ordination training programmes work
Date: 17 March 2018
Location: Bishopsthorpe Place, York, YO23 2GE
- BELIEF Bedford has a new course this Autumn, see their current courses here. BELIEF Bedford was set up in 2006 by a group of Christians in and around Bedford who wanted to create opportunities for high quality, accessible Christian education in this area
- The Church Pastoral Aid Society runs weekend courses for people considering ordination. Each weekend provides opportunities for participants to listen to how God is leading them, hear Bible teaching, gather information, ask questions, talk in confidence with impartial advisers and share fellowship with others who are considering their call. The next weekend is in May 2017. More details are available here.
- The Church Army has a ‘First Contact’ project inviting people to spend a year with them
- Take the opportunity to explore the possibility of ordained ministry at a local or National Vocation Conference: See events listed on the ‘call waiting’ website: Call Waiting website
- For details of courses in the Eastern Region why not visit the website of the Eastern Region Training Partnership here
- The Eastern Region Ministry Course can be found here.