Training for Ministry FAQs

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Training for Christian Ministry with St Mellitus Affiliate: Bermuda

 

•    What is the course called?

The course title is “Licensed Lay Ministry Training”


•    Who can join the course?

While the course is open to anyone interested in ministry in the church, as the course title indicates, this is a training course for ministry in the church which is authorised by the denomination concerned (for Anglicans, this means licensed by the Bishop, and includes Lay Readers, Church Workers, and Eucharistic Ministers), and carried out in a lay capacity (this is not for ordination, unless the relevant authority deems it so).

 

The course is also suitable for those who wish to train, or expand their ministry, as lay ministers within their local parish and church.  This might include, for instance, Youth & Children’s Leaders, Bible Study Leaders, Parish Evangelists, Catechists, Worship Leaders, and Pastoral Visitors.


It is possible to “audit” this course (attending classes without engaging in assessment), but we strongly recommend this be reserved for those actively considering some form of Christian Ministry.


•    How much will it cost?

The course itself is heavily subsidised by the Anglican Church of Bermuda, but there are inevitable costs associated with such training.  Those who send students for training will be asked to make a payment of:

o    Licensed Lay Ministry Training - $1000 per year.
o    Parish/Church Ministry Training - $1000 per year
o    Course Auditing - $500

We recommend that the cost be divided between the student and the body sending them for training.
For Anglicans, please be aware that costs should never be a reason not to receive training for ministry – if there are genuine concerns about the ability to pay, a request may be made to the Director of Training for financial assistance.


•    How long does it take to train?

 The course is 2 years long, and runs on a rolling programme, with students joining in September of each year.

 

 

Students must complete the whole course, as well as obtain suitable levels in assessment, in order to obtain the award.

 

 

Therefore, the length of training is dependent on the student’s attendance and satisfactory completion of all elements of training.

 


•    When will the training sessions take place?

Classroom training takes place once per month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month, in the evening.

 

There are also two weekends (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) per year, and 3 whole day sessions (usually Saturdays).


We are exploring the possibility of including a 5 day programme biannually, for those training for leadership roles.


Dates for all these will be provided to students and supervising ministers at the Registration event each year.


•    Hours of commitment?

Evening sessions are 3 hours long, daytime sessions are 9:00am to 4:00pm.


Students receive half of the lectures via video in their own homes and time.  These lectures are between 1 and 2 hours long, to which can be added feedback.


Reading is a core component of the students’ time commitment, and each module has a recommended range for this, but essentially this is up to the student.  The time taken to complete assessed work is, likewise, suggested in each module outline, however, students may commit to these pieces of work such time as they deem suitable and available.


It should be noted that each student sent for training is expected to be supported by their parish priest or church pastor – this includes that minister attending Registration with their student and agreeing to meet regularly with their student; oversee their student’s ministry experience and provide written reports on their progress.



•    Course content and assessments?

The course is delivered through:

o    Classroom Lectures
o    Video Lectures
o    Fellowship time (meals eaten together)*
o    Worship*
o    Mission (active ministry in the parish/church – this is vital to the student’s growth in reflective practice and understanding of practical theology)
o    Online interaction with other students (this is used in conjunction with video lectures).
o    Private study

 

Each module has accompanying assessed work which must be satisfactorily completed to pass the course.  The assessment requirement is clearly outlined in each module.  However, types of assessment include:

o    Written assessment (essays)
o    Book Reviews
o    Reflections and Journals
o    Presentations
o    Practical examples
o    Group work and presentations


*These are core components of the course, and should not be considered “optional extras”, as per our Statement of Values.

 

•    What modules will be studied?

The course is made up of 10 modules over the two years:

o    Theology and Reflective Practice
o    Discipleship and Spirituality
o    Introduction to the Bible
o    Introduction to Christian Worship
o    Introduction to Church History
o    Introduction to Mission and Evangelism
o    Topics in Christian Doctrine
o    Christian Faith and Ethical Living
o    Aspects of Pastoral Care
o    Preaching (this is deliver in 2 parts – 1 each year)
o    Introduction to Christian Leadership (Optional)


Not all modules are the same length.  The scope and content is given in each Module outline.



•    What qualifications do I need to join the course?

While the course has no academic requirements, it should be noted that it is delivered and assessed at UK Higher Education Level 4 (1st year of European University, 2nd year of North American University).


Students will be supported throughout and, where appropriate, be given tuition and guidance in producing written work to an acceptable standard.
Students, and those who send them for training, should consider carefully the impact of such study upon available time – students who are unfamiliar with this style of learning may well take considerably longer to produce work that someone who has a post-graduate degree.  This may impact on family time and other activities.  While training for ministry does require sacrifice, this should not so adversely affect students’ relationships that permanent damage is caused.  Students and supervising ministers should feel they can talk openly with the Director of Training about this so that suitable support structures can be put in place, where necessary. 


•    What qualification will successful students receive at the end?

It is important to recognise that we do not offer a “Qualification” for ministry – whether a person is able to carry out any Christian ministry in the church, or not, is a decision for those whom God has appointed for that task.  In the case of Anglicans, that decision remains with the bishop alone (though he may delegate that authority to parish priests in the case of parish ministries).


However, upon successful completion of “Licensed Lay Ministry Training”, students will be invited to special ceremony, at which they will be awarded a “Certificate in Christian Theology and Ministry” by the Bishop of Bermuda.

 

•    How to join?

Registration for 2017 entry is 6:30-9:30pm, 5th September in St. Paul’s Christian Education Centre, Paget.

 

Please contact your parish priest/church pastor to discuss this, and use the links below to get in touch with us.


Students who are being sent for training must attend this event with their parish priest/pastor (or other supervising minister who has been appointed to this role).

We hope that this has helped to answer some of your questions.
If you have anything further to ask, or if you wish to discuss Training with St Mellitus Affiliate: Bermuda, please get in touch.

The Revd Anthony Pettit
(Director of Training)

www.anglican.bm/training


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