External Online Training

This page offers a selection of online training we've heard about. Being listed on this page is not necessarily either an endorsement or recommendation. Some training is free, and some requires payment.

Lighten our darkness – Modern Slavery and Our Response as a Community of Faith

Modern slavery, the fastest-growing crime around the world, is all too often hidden in plain sight:  in the services or products we use every day, in the manufacturing supply chains behind the things we buy, in casual labour, in sexual and criminal exploitation.  For centuries the church has prayed daily that God will, in the words of the Evening Collect, 'lighten our darkness':  the literal darkness in which deception and wrongdoing can be concealed, and the spiritual darkness of our sin and confusion.  Accounts of modern slavery commonly allude to the crime in our midst being hidden by our ignorance or our reluctance to acknowledge the truth; and so in this webinar we pray that our darkness will be illuminated by the light of truth, and we will reach a clearer understanding of the problem of modern slavery, and the changes needed to overcome it.

Ahead of Modern Slavery Day 2020, the Church in Wales and Haven of Light, in partnership, invite you join us, in discussion with a panel of modern slavery activists from across the world.

This event will be hosted by journalist Julia Bicknell (Director of WorldWatchMonitor.org, and formerly of the BBC) and will include interviews and a panel discussion with expert guests, including:

  • Kevin Hyland OBE (Member, Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings; Senior Advisor to the Santa Marta Group; former UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner)
  • Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern (founder of the Church of England's Clewer Initiative)
  • Rt Revd Dr Joanna Penberthy (Bishop of St Davids and lead Bishop for Church and Society, Church in Wales)
  • Commissioner Christine MacMillan (Chair of World Evangelical Alliance Global Human Trafficking Task Force & founder of the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission)
  • Pam Cheesley Hollinshead (Joint Regional President of Soroptimist International Cheshire North Wales and Wirral)

Time: Thursday October 8, 14.00-15.30

Book via this link

Further details about the speakers, and how participants can join in with comments and questions, will be sent nearer the time.


Youth Ministry in a Covid World

Since we went into lockdown back in March, youth ministry has undergone a dramatic overhaul. Originally moving everything online, and now finding ways to safely transition back to face to face, sometimes we can struggle for inspiration as to what the best ways are to engage with the young people in our church communities. Jimmy Dale, National Youth Evangelism Officer for the Church of England, hosts a conversation with 8 youth ministers from across the country, talking through what youth ministry has looked like over the past 6 months and what they are planning for the Autumn term. This session will be full of practical ideas and things you can do to reconnect with the young people in your community.

Time: 13 October, 1pm

Book via this link


Raising Income from Bookable Experiences : Church Tourism Workshop

The National Churches Trust is supporting historic places of worship by providing free training for all involved with churches and chapels. Join us to discover how your place of worship can benefit from tourism; helping encourage visitors and raising funds.

This session will look at how you can develop a sustainable income from tourism by creating unique and bookable Experiences for groups.

Time; Thursday 15 October, 10.30 - midday

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Opening the doors

Opening the Doors – a webinar with Michael Harvey, Sandra Millar and Stephen Hance. How do we continue to make the most of every opportunity for welcome, pastoral care, and evangelism, in our new hybrid on-line and off-line world? We will also be hearing from two church leaders and the C of E digital team.”

Time: 15 October, 2pm

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Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar

All of church and worship life has been transformed in recent months. What of two of the fundamentals: hymns and liturgy?

This online event will explore creative ideas and best practice for worship in both digital and physical spaces.

Time: Monday 19 October, 11am - 1pm

Booking and more information on this link


Leading in Uncertain Times 2: Leadership Perspectives

When: Wednesday 21 October (10-11am), repeated Thursday 22 October (2-3pm)
Who: Church leaders
What: We're delighted that Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Worcester, Ian Parkinson, CPAS Leadership Specialist, and Kate Wharton, vicar in Roby, are joining us to offer their perspectives on leading through uncertain times. We will also let you know about some ideas and resources to help you and your church make the most of Advent and Christmas this year.
Speakers: Nikki Groarke (Archdeacon of Worcester), Ian Parkinson (CPAS Leadership Specialist) and Kate Wharton (Vicar in Roby)
Cost: Free

Book your place at www.cpas.org.uk/webinars


PCC Tonight Training Evening (Online)

When: Tuesday 3 November, 7-9.20pm
Who: You and your whole PCC
What: How's your PCC doing? Focused, fun and fruitful? Or a little different to that? Building on our popular PCC Tonight resource, CPAS is running an online event to clarify the purpose and place of PCCs and explore some common dysfunctions. You will also be introduced to material you can use to help shape the life of your PCC back at church, including guides on how to do a PCC meeting on Zoom.
Speaker: James Lawrence, Leadership Principal at CPAS
Cost: Just £4 per person - bring your whole PCC!

Book your place at www.cpas.org.uk/pcctonight3Nov  


Personality and Spirituality: Celebrating Difference’

A morning of learning and reflection facilitated by Jeff Matthews run by the Worcester Diocesan Spirtuality Network

Jeff Matthews has over 30 years’ experience as an Executive Coach, coach trainer and facilitator. He gained his accreditation in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) over 10 years ago and uses it extensively in his coaching practice. Jeff is also a qualified Spiritual Director having trained with both Worcester and Birmingham Diocese. He is on the steering group for Worcester Diocese, leading on the provision of supervision. He has led a number of workshops on MBTI for ordinands, spiritual accompaniers and for PCCs within the Diocese. He is a worshipping member of Feckenham Church.  

Time: Thursday 5 November, 10am - midday

Please book your place by contacting the Revd Nick Wright at revnmwright@btinternet.com

More information.


Faith And Science In The Local Church

An interactive two-day workshop designed for lay and ordained Christian leaders. This workshop will cover contemporary topics in the dialogue between Science and the Christian Faith, including Artificial Intelligence, Bioethics, Creation Care, and Response to Disasters.

Participants will be equipped to engage with scientific issues in the day-to-day life of their ministry context.

Open to all church leaders – no scientific background required.
Cost: £50 (£30 for those in ministry training)

Time: 8 - 9 January 2021

More information and book


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