Bishops' training days

The Bishops hold regular training events throughout the year for all ministers (Clergy, Elders, Readers and Licenced Lay Ministers). 

Training events coming up

Mark's Gospel: Saturday 28 November, 10am - 12.30pm, via Zoom.

Mark's Gospel - the earliest, punchiest, shortest of the gospels and the one which has centre stage for the Sunday readings for the Church's year from Advent 2020 to 2021.

Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike will be taking a look at the distinctive nature of this gospel, considering how Mark portrays Jesus and highlighting some of the major themes and characters Mark emphasises ... all from the comfort of your own house, by Zoom.

Free of charge, but please register on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite: Mark's Gospel | Webpage


The Last Things – Tuesday evening advent series with Bishop Mike, 7.30 – 9pm, via Zoom.

This four-part advent series will take place over Zoom and will look at themes of death, judgement, heaven and hell.

Advent has traditionally been a season associated with awaiting Jesus Christ's coming again "in glory to judge the living and the dead". While the traditional scripture readings have preserved this emphasis and with it a focus on the 'last things' - death, judgement, heaven and hell - there has in recent times been little reflection on such themes, with the ever increasing stress on Christmas and preparations for Christmas tending to overshadow Advent. These sessions are an opportunity to look again at these major themes of the Christian and so better appreciate the riches, promise and hope that lie at the heart of Christian faith.

Ideal for individuals or advent study groups. Free of charge, but please register for each session on Eventbrite:

Tuesday 1 December, 7.30 - 9pm: Death | Webpage

Tuesday 8 December, 7.30 - 9pm: Hell | Webpage

Tuesday 15 December, 7.30 - 9pm: Judgement | Webpage

Tuesday 22 December, 7.30 - 9pm: Heaven | Webpage


Resources from previous events

1. Climate Change 2019: The environmental crisis and why it should be of primary concern to Christians

A look at scriptural and theological approaches to ecology and consideration of how as individuals and a Church we can make a difference.

2. Flourishing Congregations 2018

This training morning  answered the questions of what do flourishing congregations look like and what steps might we take as ministers to provide the best environment and opportunities for congregations to flourish.

3. Pastoral Ministry 2017

Reflecting on the significane of pastoral ministry and developing good practice.


For more information

To book on to any of the training days or to find out more information, you can visit our Diocesan Eventbrite page.

Diocesan Eventbrite Page | Weblink

For further enquiries, please contact Lesley Steed.


Page updated 30 September 2020