Free online training and inspiration

There are many excellent training opportunities available now without even leaving our desks. Many are free or very low cost, far cheaper and easier than when you actually had to travel to somewhere.

The place to start is the material offered by the Church of England. This page brings together all that is avalaible, starting with worship material. Scroll down the page to find online training and resources. They are running regular Webinars.

This page will be regularly updated. Below you will find opportunities for training over the next few weeks and months.

Stronger 2021 - An online conference helping you make an impact in life community & culture

13th January 2021 - 10th February 2021.

Over 100 sessions to inspire encourage and strengthen you for the year ahead. Choose from 6 distinctive streams of content (leadership & influence; kingdom & culture; innovation and entrepreneurship; communication & personal brand; digital & social; business & finance). All events will happen within this month (13th January 2021 - 10th February 2021), with each stream having its own schedule. Most sessions will be on weekdays with a couple of Saturday sessions depending on your stream.

As well as livestream teaching preaching Q&A sessions panel discussions and interviews everything is available on catch-up so you never miss a thing! No need to take time off work fit it around your working week.

Keynote speakers include Amy Orr-Ewing, Nicky Gumbel, Krish Kandiah, Katrina Douglas and Graham Tomlin. Other Anglican contributors include Bishops Jill Duff and Philip North, James Lawrence (CPAS), Eliane Storkey and Ed Olsworth-Peter (National Pioneer Development Advisor Church of England)

Cost was £25 but now is FREE, for access to all six streams with over 100 speakers over 4 weeks – live or on-demand.

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Reflective Practice Groups (RPGs): ‘a sanity-protecting opportunity’

Are you interested in joining a Reflective Practice Group?  A key recommendation in the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing is to encourage the use of RPGs.  They are a group of up to 8 clergy meeting no less than 6 times a year to discuss, entirely confidentially, their church leader role, and its impact upon them and their families.  A facilitator with supervision and mentoring skills, leads each group, encouraging discussion and reflection on all aspects of life in ministry, helping clergy improve overall wellbeing by sharing the issues that matter to them.  RPGs have been described as a sanity-protecting opportunity, where clergy share thoughts and feelings arising from day to day challenges; it’s a chance to discuss the setting of appropriate boundaries, managing and transforming conflict situations, and the development of a healthy ministerial attitude and culture.

Joining an RPG will help you to set time aside for you to focus on yourself, and provides a space in which to nurture support through non-competitive, non-comparative peer relationships.  The group doesn’t exist to provide therapy, but can lessen the sense of isolation often experienced by clergy, and can reduce stress and burnout.   I hope to have at least two RPGs meeting by the end of the year, with more available in 2021.  If you are interested in joining a group, please get in touch with Jackie Johnson

A series of FREE online webinars from Citizens UK On Community Organising Skills

16:00-17:15 every Thursday

If you haven’t come across the organisation before then this month is a good time to dip in as the theme for October’s Learning Thursdays is ‘An Introduction to Community Organising & Citizens UK’.  On most Thursdays there will be a choice of two types of session:

  • Learning for Leaders: aimed at any leader within Citizens UK. These sessions will run on a monthly theme and participants will be encouraged to sign up for all the training in that block.  Learning for Leaders will be accessible even to those who are very new to Citizens UK and community organizing
  • Community Organising Masterclasses: aimed at leaders who have some experience of Citizens and are likely to have been through our training.  These will be stand-alone masterclasses focused on the key skills of community organising.

 On the final Thursday of each month at 16:00 there will be a Topical Learning Session, open to anybody, where we will seek to apply community organising skills to a topical issue. 

Have you ever had a conversation which changed your life?

One of those moments where you glimpsed a different way of seeing the world? Perhaps you connected with someone else or a group of people at a profound level, even if just briefly, and something new, even unexpected, came out of the connectedness between those people on that day in that place and at that time?

A new resource from CMS to enable “creative conversations is now available on the Church Mission Society Resource Hub – aimed at helping people create space for such encounters and to make the most of them when they happen.  FREE to download.

St Luke’s Healthcare for Clergy:  Virtual Wellbeing Programme

This website provides specifically-prepared resources to support clergy wellbeing during a time of Covid through reflection either individually or as a group.  It is updated every Monday and all the resources are available for you to use as and when you need them.

For more information from St. Luke’s contact them by e-mail or phone (020 7898 1700)

The Sheldon Hub:  Doing healthy ministry together

From Sheldon: “ “It’s not just me then!”  In recent weeks that comment has echoed around the forums on the Hub.  … The current pandemic has shown that as communities we are all in this together.  What the Hub shows is that when you are in ministry you can feel isolated, on your own and struggling with unique issues.  What the Hub provides is a place to feel welcome, to support one another other and to discover that ‘it’s not just me then!’

Come and visit, because in ministry we are all in this together.

Zero Suicide AllianceFREE Training

FREE training  headed up by Rev Steve Murphy, SSM:  Training developed with clinicians and people experienced people. 

Key question to ask someone:  Are you thinking of suicide? Are you thinking about taking your own life? 

If they say yes – this reduces their likely hood of committed suicide by 80%  

Explore their three training modules