Church announces major reconfiguration of training structures
03 July 2012
The Methodist Conference today agreed plans for a major
overhaul of its learning and training networks.
Meeting today in Plymouth, the Conference received
Field report, and agreed wide-ranging proposals for the future
of the Church's learning resources.
"For too long we have narrowly focussed our training on
those who are to be ordained," said Ken Jackson, Chair of the
Ministries Committee. "Although this is an essential part of the
picture, the time has come for a much broader understanding of what
the Methodist people have to offer both the Church and the world.
This is a fresh opportunity to re-affirm the importance of a huge
range of lay ministries and to celebrate the diversity of gifts
within our Church."
The Conference agreed to establish two Connexional
training centres: Cliff College in Derbyshire and the Queen's
Foundation in Birmingham. Additionally, a national network of
training staff will be established to nurture learning,
development, scholarship and innovation in regional
"As Christians, we're not just called to be transformed by
God, but in turn to transform the world around us," added Mr
Jackson. "We hope that this will prove to be a shared vision for an
excellent and sustainable future for Methodist learning and
Conference members also expressed their deep gratitude to all
those across the Church who dedicate themselves to the fields
of formation, learning, training, theological education,
scholarship, research and development, and gave thanks to God for
their faithful service and witness.
A hi-res photo of Mr Jackson presenting the report is available