Loading Events

Past Events › Centre for Formation in Ministry

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

November 2018

Human Identity: Theology, Vocation and Professional Practice

Sat 24 November 2018, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This morning will first cover pastoral listening and putting it into practice. Then we discuss personality and collaboration, asking how do we value and honour each other, and work well together in our churches and beyond. 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

Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality

Sat 24 November 2018, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This considers the different ways in which the Lord’s Prayer has shaped Christian prayer. We will then explore how the season of Advent provides a way of connecting spirituality, liturgy and ministry. 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 new thinking,… Read more

January 2019

Wisdom for Mission from the Church Fathers

Tue 29 January 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In this day, we will be distilling some of the teaching from the Church Fathers on Mission. We will especially be drawing from the Cappadocian Fathers of the 4th Century: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory Nyssen. During the day, as well as sketching the background to their lives and works, we will cover three main areas: Considered Orthodoxy: Gregory Nazianzen. Gregory both defended and proclaimed the central message of Christianity: the Incarnation of the Divine Logos for the… Read more

February 2019

Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History

Sat 23 February 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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

May 2019

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

Thu 2 May 2019, 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 2019, 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

Richard Hooker, Apostle of Anglicanism

Thu 6 June 2019, 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

October 2019

Rural Mission and Ministry Day: Working Well With Children, Young People and Families in Rural Areas

Tue 1 October 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A practical course to help you reflect on the blessings and challenges of ministry among children, young people and families in the countryside. We will learn and laugh together as we gain fresh insights and new ideas for this ministry. Expect to be enthused afresh by the end of the day! Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Preaching the Old Testament

Thu 17 October 2019, 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 into difficult passages and applying these ideas to a specific case study. In collaboration with The Centre for Encountering the… Read more

November 2019

Leading by Story

Wed 13 November 2019, 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. We will spend time telling and retelling our stories, and thinking about how we can make stories more attractive and more memorable. How do we invite people to join the story of the church? How do we… Read more

February 2020

Waiting on the Word: The Spirituality of Preaching

Fri 7 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A contemplative approach to the art of preaching given over five sessions with time allowed for discussion. We look at how the spiritual life of preachers informs how they preach, both pastorally and prophetically, in today’s world and for a changing church. The final session focuses on practical skills. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries Booking Information aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Rural Mission and Ministry Day: Celebrating Festivals in the Rural Context

Tue 11 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An exploration of the principles and practicalities involved in celebrating the major festivals of the church in the distinctively rural context. The course will explore imaginative ways of keeping feasts such as Christmas and Holy Week, but also the agricultural and rural feasts for which provision is made in Common Worship. Ministering in a rural context calls for a distinctive and particular approach to liturgical and pastoral provision. Rural multi-parochial benefices have a particular set of joys and challenges around… Read more

March 2020

The Wondrous Story: Preaching from Palm Sunday to Easter

Wed 4 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The period between Palm Sunday and Easter is at the heart of our Gospel, but how do we preach it in a fresh and engaging way? Palm Sunday to Easter is at the heart of our gospel, but how do we preach it in a fresh and engaging way? Preachers are speaking to those who have heard the stories often, and often to visitors who come for many different reasons. They might be speaking to mixed-age congregations, or in the… Read more

April 2020

(Cancelled) Ambrose of Milan: Prayer, Preaching and the Pastoral Care in the 4th Century

Wed 22 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled. See our official statement here. Ambrose is mentioned in passing but not much attention is paid to him in his own right. So what did Ambrose teach and how did he live? What was his role in the emerging church of the fourth century? Why would you come on a study day on Ambrose? Ambrose is mentioned in passing but not much attention is paid to him in his own right.… Read more

May 2020

(Cancelled) A Kind of Belonging: An Introduction to the Theology of Place

Wed 6 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled. See our official statement here. This day is an introduction to the Christian theology of place. It particularly relates to the parish system in England. This day has three sessions. We look first at the idea that God is in this place. We introduce a Christian theology of place, including place in scripture and Anglican tradition and an overview of how human and physical geography contribute to our understanding of locality,… Read more

(Cancelled) Renewing Wellbeing

Mon 18 May, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled. See our official statement here. In this course, we will look at simple shared habits and spaces run by churches. Looking at the three core principles of being present, being prayerful and being in partnership with existing mental health services , this course will look at the story of Renew wellbeing , a charity formed to help churches set up wellbeing cafes. With references to the psalms and the gospels Ruth,… Read more

(Cancelled) Leading in a Second Chair

Thu 21 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled. See our official statement here. 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 the application in a church context – youth pastor, curate, deacon, Licensed Lay Minister – can raise questions of ecclesiology and approaches to ministry.… Read more
+ Export Events