Across the Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop our skills and gifts to serve God and all God's people within and beyond the Church. These range from one-off events to longer courses.
Details of all of our current courses can be found on the Digital Learning Platform.
The diocese also offers Licensed Lay Minister or commissioned Lay Training pathways such as Lay Worship Leaders and Lay Pastoral Ministers. To register your interest please complete a Lay Ministry Initial Enquiry Form and return it to Shuna Hartley.
Introduction to Theology Course
The Introduction to Theology is a one-term (12 session) course. This course is run both online and face-to-face depending upon demand. The in-person courses take place at the Leeds School of Ministry Hubs (Bingley and Mirfield) and are taught via four study days, held once a month on Sundays. When delivered online course is held weekly via zoom.
Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? Need some guidance on how to dig a bit deeper? This introductory course may well be for you. Topics covered include: Understanding the Bible, study skills, your own faith journey and exploring prayer and worship. Whether you are just dipping your toe in the water or considering further training… why not join us?
Please click here for more information and to book your place; the course costs £80.
You can undertake this course for your own theological development and/ or as the required first step before applying for LLM/ Reader training.
If you need any further information or would like to register your interest please contact: Shuna Hartley (LSOM Administrator).
Lay Eucharistic Ministry Training
In order to receive your Area Bishop's licence to become a Lay Eucharistic Minister, you must complete our Lay Eucharistic Ministry training. This can be run by incumbents in their own parishes, using the resources available on the Diocesan Learning Platform.
Please click here for more information and to download the resources.
If you need any further information please contact Anne Payne (Lay Training Administrator).
Lay Pastoral Ministry courses
The Diocese of Leeds provides a program of Pastoral Ministry training across three levels: Pastoral Visitors (LPV), Pastoral Assistants (LPA) and Lay Pastoral Ministers (LPM). Each role is outlined in the document below along with a training overview and the levels of responsibility possible.
Depending upon previous Diocesan training and experience, individuals may enter training at different levels. Those with little training or experience would begin at the Pastoral Visitor level. Have a chat with your incumbent and the Lay Training Team to help you figure out which is best for you.
If you need any further information please contact Mandy Aspland (LTO)
Lay Worship Leader course
Lay Worship Leaders (LWLs) lead services in parishes and benefices, within a diocesan framework which includes authorisation, initial training, commissioning, further training and supervision. Potential LWLs are identified through shared discernment with their incumbent and PCC. This discernment takes place prior to enrolment on an LWL course, initiated by the incumbent or the potential LWL. LWLs are trained and authorised to lead acts of corporate worship as part of a wider team, including team-led services. Their ministry will vary according to context, gifts and experience.
LWL training is spread across three terms, usually split into eight weeks before Christmas, eight weeks after Christmas and six to eight weeks in the summer term.
If you need any further information please contact Angela Hannafin (LTO).