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February 2019

Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History

Sat 23 February, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
A brief look at key periods and issues in the history of the Church and major doctrinal developments. We will explore the historical contexts within which core theological ideas were developed or formulated. This Saturday teaching day offers the chance to learn alongside Sarum’s ordination and licensed lay ministry candidates. The morning will consist of two sessions led by one or more of our Sarum staff and, on occasion, visiting lecturers. This day is ideally suited to be used as a refresher, to stimulate… Read more

Bible in Context

Sat 23 February, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This course will enable participants to develop their understanding of the nature of the exegetical task involved in preparation for preaching, as well as developing their skills in the art of preaching itself. This Saturday teaching day offers the chance to learn alongside Sarum’s ordination and licensed lay ministry candidates. The morning will consist of two sessions led by one or more of our Sarum staff and, on occasion, visiting lecturers. This day is ideally suited to be used as a… Read more

Rural Ministry: Learning from Chaplaincy

Thu 28 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Rural parish ministry is often typified today by a few regular church attenders, but a continuing recognition of the role and worth of the church and particularly the priest in the wider community. Those in chaplaincy ministry have long experience of being in a similar situation in hospitals, prisons, and other environments. We will explore what might be learnt from chaplaincies to give a fresh perspective on mission and ministry in rural contexts. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries… Read more

March 2019

Creativity, Culture and Christian Mission

Sat 16 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A day for practitioners in mission, ministry and the arts. Through a mixture of lectures, case studies and theological reflection we will explore how the creative arts can inform Christian engagement with culture today. It will focus on listening to culture through the arts, on the importance of language and the role of poetry, considering missional artistic initiatives, and thinking more generally about the role of imagination and creativity in Christian mission. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk … Read more

Leading in a Second Chair

Tue 19 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Leaders are often assumed to be at the top of organisations. Relatively little attention has been paid to those occupying a second chair. The role may be clear, eg deputy head of a school or vice-chair of a board of trustees. But application in a church context – youth pastor, curate, deacon, Licensed Lay Minister – can raise questions of ecclesiology and approaches to ministry. Second chair leaders are both leaders and followers. What personal and organisational consequences does this… Read more

May 2019

How The Letter to the Ephesians Can Enable Your Local Church to Grow

Thu 2 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Through lecture, discussion and workshop we explore the letter to the Ephesians to see how its vision can bring direction, energy and vitality to our local churches. This course is for ordained and lay, leaders and congregational members of churches of all denominations. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Weeping at the Grave we Make our Song? Funeral Ministry and the Church of England

Wed 8 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Funerals are changing. Once the preserve of ordained ministers – and nearly all conducted by the Church of England – there is now variety and choice for those who are faced with having to organise a funeral. The Church of England now only does about one third of all funerals in England and Wales: how can we ensure that we support families in the best way possible before, during and after the funeral service. This course is aimed at clergy,… Read more

June 2019

New Thinking in Pastoral and Practical Theology

Wed 5 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the nature of Pastoral and practical theology as a discipline. We will look at the way this area of theology has developed over the last 30 years and explore some of the key thinkers in this field. We will offer an opportunity for us to reflect together on what we have found helpful in our theological thinking and Pastoral work. We will also review some key writers and developments in the field. Anyone interested in putting… Read more

Richard Hooker, Apostle of Anglicanism

Thu 6 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Richard Hooker (1554-1600) is rightly described as the seminal theologian of the Church of England. The first ecclesial theologian to attempt to plot a genuine ‘middle-way’ between the more aggressive Protestantisms of the European Continent and the often defensive rigidities of 16th century Roman Catholicism. He stands above all for the wisdom of the Anglican ‘middle-way’. His theology is deeply grounded both in scripture and in the ‘catholic’ and cosmic vision of early Christianity. At the same time he stands… Read more

Strategies for Mission from a Celtic Saint

Tue 25 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The story of St Beuno, a 7th century Welsh abbot and saint, has many comparisons with our situation today. It requires navigating through later retellings that are composite, funny and fantastical, but the basics of the real story remain. We will investigate some underlying themes of Beuno’s ministry that are surprisingly contemporary and look at how they provide insights for strategies for mission in the church today. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722… Read more

October 2019

Preaching the Old Testament

Thu 17 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Most preachers are committed to preaching from the whole Word of God, and yet the Old Testament can be relatively neglected in the sermon diet of the average congregation. There are many reasons for this. This day will take an overview of the issues and questions that need to be addressed when preaching from the Old Testament, suggesting different ways in to difficult passages and applying these ideas to a specific case study. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries… Read more

November 2019

Leading by Story

Wed 13 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We tell stories; we live in stories; we lead by story. Jesus told stories, and congregations invite others (or not) to join their story. The social sciences have taken a ‘narrative turn’ which offers new ways for thinking about how we work together. Participants will work on the stories they lead by. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
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