24 May 2013
Countdown to Learning Network Launch - 100 Days To Go
There are only 100 days to go before the launch of the new Methodist Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network on 1 September. The countdown begins on Wesley Day: a commemorative event in the Methodist calendar marking the day John Wesley experienced confirmation of his salvation whilst in a meeting room in Aldersgate Street, London.
The new Learning Network aims to help the Methodist people grow and learn as disciples, encourage patterns of witness and evangelism and inspire loving and prophetic action. It also aspires to create mutually dependent ministries rooted in church communities which are participatory, pioneering and contextual.
Jude Levermore, Interim Head of the Discipleship and Ministries Cluster, said: "We are on target to have the new Network up and running on time. It's going be enable us Connexionally to deliver learning and development for the whole people of God who identify as Methodist in a contextual, contemporary and excellent way."
The Network will be staffed by a team comprised of regional staff; specialist roles and centre tutors at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham and Cliff College; a Director of Learning and Development (Pathways); a Director of Learning and Development (Regions) and a Director of Scholarship, Research and Innovation. Much of the Network's work will be focused upon 11 regions grouping together Districts across England together with Wales and Scotland and Shetland.
Richard Andrew, Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network Project Manager, said: "The Methodist Church has always been a pioneer in theological education. The development of the Learning Network is a real opportunity for Methodism to build upon the legacy of the past in a way which meets the needs of the present and future whilst continuing to work closely with ecumenical partners. I feel genuinely excited by this opportunity in our history to renew the connections between learning, discipleship and mission at every level of church life."
The Network will sit within the Discipleship and Ministries Cluster of the Connexional Team in close relationship to people working elsewhere in Districts, regions and with other members of the Connexional Team. Its focus will be to support and enable discipleship development; ministry development (lay and ordained, initial and continuing development, worship leader and local preacher training) and church and community development underpinned by scholarship, research and innovation.
Listen to Jude Levermore talking about the Learning Network here.
Keep up to date with all the Learning Network news here.