Lay Training Courses

Across the Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop skills to serve God and his people. These range from one-off events to longer courses.

In addition to courses offered at parish-level, a variety of training opportunities are organised in Episcopal Areas and diocesan-wide. The Diocesan School of Ministry provides training for ‘licensed’ or ‘authorised’ ministries, such as Reader Ministry, through training hubs around the diocese. 

To register your interest in undertaking a course, please download and fill in our Lay Ministry Enquiry Form.

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Courses 2018

A Lamp unto my Feet
Saturday 14, 21 & 28 April and 5 May, St. John’s, Sharow

A short course for those interested in leading
or participating in Bible Study.
Led by Rev’d Ruth Newton
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The Bible in a Day
Saturday 14 April 2018, St. John’s, Great Horton

Exploring the Big Story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
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James Alison in Leeds
Saturday 21 April, All Hallows’ Church, Hyde Park Leeds

Leeds Church Institute is delighted to invite you to meet and hear from James Alison, theologian and priest. 
In written word and lectures, Alison offers a vital freshness in his interpretations of scripture, delightful word play, even some surprises and new connections. It has been said of Alison, “Far from beleaguered or rancorous, he is a gay Catholic voice speaking out of unsentimental love for the church.”
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Disciples Making Disciples
Thursday 26 April, St. Jong’s Bowling, Bradford

In this inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening you will discover the following: 4 powerful reasons why we should long for people to become followers of Jesus, 3 confidence-building activities which help people get interested in faith, 3 simple phrases to explain what it means to be a Christian, 4 life-style challenges to make disciples who make disciples, 1 BIG commitment that could change the lives of millions of people.
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Exploring Anglicanism
Thursdays in April & May 2018, 7.15-9pm at The Mirfield Centre

This course provides an opportunity to explore how the life and worship of our parish churches are part of a broad tradition within the world church, which now after the Roman Catholic Church is the most extensive across the globe.  Sessions will look at Anglican Roots, discipleship, liturgy (structure and permission), sacraments and liturgical space, and local, national and global Anglican structures.
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Centre for Theology and Justice - David Goodbourn Lecture 2018
"Theology for a Learning Church: Christian Education, Lay Formation and the Language of "Discipleship". This lecture will be starting at 3.45pm on Wednesday 9th May 2018, at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool. The lecture will be given by professor Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology, University of Chester. This is an open event so there is no need to apply for a ticket. -

Holy Trinity Bingley Presents - Bingley Lectures 2018
Six lectures throughout 2018 covering subjects such as ‘Exploring the Church’, 'LGBTQ & The Church', 'The Changing Face of Liturgy', 'Ministry in a Multi-Religious Area' and 'Urban Ministry'.  The final lecture will be presented by Bishop Nick Baines on ‘The Church in West Yorkshire and Popular Culture’ on the 11 October 2018.  The Lectures are FREE, but registration is required.  For more details and how to book follow this link -

PCC Tonight
Thursday 24 May, 7.45-9.45pm at Chantry Hall Bedale

How's your PCC doing? Focused, fun and fruitful? Or a little different to that? Following the launch of a new resource to help PCCs function well in July 2015, CPAS is running an event to clarify the purpose and place of PCCs, to explore some common dysfunctions, and to introduce material you can use to shape its life. Intended for all PCC members, bring several car loads and come ready to enjoy a fun and informative evening. 
The event is being led by James Lawrence and doors open at 7.15pm for refreshments. 
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A Two Year Spirituality Course
Year 1 Exploring Spiritual Growth / Year 2 Equipping for Spiritual Direction

Are people drawn to you to talk about their hopes and fears in their walk with God?
Have you sensed that God might be calling you to a ministry of spiritual companionship in this way?  Do you think some exploring of your own journey, and some experiential training might help develop your gifts?
The course starts in September 2018 and it is open to lay people and clergy of any Christian denomination. For an Application Form & further information contact:
Carol Byde -
Closing date for applications is 30 June 2018 

Thomas Merton: The Man and His Meaning
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July 2018, Parcevall Hall

Thomas Merton was not a saint, but he continues to speak – fifty years after his death – to large numbers of people all over the world. This course will explore something of Merton’s story; the several vocations he pursued as a Trappist monk, a writer, a contemplative, a social critic, an ecumenist; and the prophetic voice with which he continues to speak to our world today.
Led by John Moses, an Anglican priest who held a variety of parochial, diocesan and cathedral appointments over more than forty years.
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