A Day for Exploring God's Invitation (Regent's Park College)
Baptist House, Didcot
Saturday 11th June 2022, 10am-3pm
On 11th June RPC, in partnership with SCBA, are planning a creative opportunity for you and your church community to come and meet with staff and students from the college.
RPC recognise that in this changing landscape several people are asking questions about vocation and study. The pandemic has meant some people are making significant changes and asking what is next or where is now. These questions are often best explored in community and RPC would love you to join them on the 11th. You see the way that God is already at work in members of your congregation and they RPC ask your help to intentionally invite those in your congregation who are looking to explore such questions, to encourage them to come, and to support them in this exploration.
The day promises to be a rich feast of meeting with students and staff from Regent's across all the courses. Bite-sized workshops will include: the vocational pathway in secular work, returning to study, continuing ministerial development, Baptist history, Children, Youth and Families, local church engagement, ordained ministry, and more details about the brand new initiative for local leaders in churches.
Booking is essential and you are invited to email Jane Day to confirm numbers for refreshment purposes. To book your place, please email Jane
SCBA Leaders' Days June 2022 - 'Digital Theology'
Thursday 16th June, 9.30am-3.30pm, Basingstoke Baptist Church
Saturday 25th June, 9.30am-1pm, Online via Zoom
The team are delighted that Jonas Kurlberg
will be leading the two days on 'Digital Theology'
For more information please go to the Leaders' Day
Introduction to Christian Mentoring Network Course
Monday 20th - Friday 14th June 2022
Iford Baptist Church, Bournemouth
'Discipling the Nations' are hosting an Introduction to Christian Mentoring Course at Iford Baptist Church - a one week teaching course with Open College Network endorsement. The course will be led by Sharon Prior and Colin Bennett.
For more information go to: DTN Academy. All those involved in mentoring or thinking about getting involved will benefit from the course.
29th-30th June 2022
Shinfield Baptist Church, Reading
On 29th-3oth June the local Firestarter Conversation event is being hosted at Shinfield Baptist Church. They'd love you and your leadership team to attend.
Firestarters isn't a conference but a low key, deeply encouraging conversation with other churches and your own leadership team. At Firestarters a few churches (often small, normal and poorly resourced) share stories of growth experienced by the move of God. The stories, coming from singularly unintimidating churches who are neither cool, nor full of young people, nor high tech, and often meeting in dowdy buildings, can give your team a real lift.
This combination of story sharing and conversation has proved highly fruitful with 73 churches, like yours, who have attended experiencing double the number of baptisms the following year than the previous 5 years combined!
Firestarter Events are kept small to give rare space for discussion and reflection. They are very low cost - just £25 per person for two days with lunch included! But this means booking early to ensure a place (previous events have been full). Book using this link: Firestarter Shinfield
Introduction To Spiritual Direction Course
October 2022 to June 2023
This course is for anyone who finds themselves accompanying others on their spiritual journey; this may be in a formal capacity as a minister, pastoral assistant or mentor, or perhaps you have noticed that others turn to you as a listening ear. This course is ideal for all those who would like to explore the ministry of spiritual direction whether ordained or lay.
The course aims to:
Explore the relationship of spiritual direction in the light of our own life experience and of the experience of being alongside others.
Develop skills, understanding and resources for accompanying and encouraging personal growth and fulfilment.
Nurture a growing competence and awareness of our own sense of vocation, in relation to the Christian tradition of spiritual direction.
This is a one year programme and is usually offered every other year, one day a week, three 8-week terms from October to June. The cost of the course is £900-£1,100 depending on numbers. Acceptance on the course is subject to reference and interview by members of the course team.
For more information and to download the application form, please go to Spiritual Direction Course.