Learning together with others is a vital and engaging part of learning as a Worship Leader or Local Preacher. That’s why the Explore sessions are so central to the course. It’s not always possible to gather a group together in a Circuit or even a District. Our residential Spring and Summer Schools at Cliff College provided a great opportunity to meet others from around the country who are seeking to follow God's call to lead worship or preach the Word. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we have not been able to meet at Cliff during 2020. However, in August, we ran our first Summer School Online, where 80 students gathered on Zoom for online explore sessions. The outcome was so positive that we're now offering:
An opportunity to attend six Explore sessions, covering two complete modules, in one intensive week on Zoom. Each session will be between 90 and 120 minutes, and will be supplemented by sessions on other topics, such as building a portfolio. All modules will be offered, enabling you to study modules 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 or 7 & 8 as you choose. The sessions will assume that you have completed your study of the Prepare or Learn (WLP 3.0) material for your chosen modules.
We will be offering Explore Online on the following dates:
18 - 22 January 2021
19 - 23 July 2021
You will need to book in advance for these events as places are limited. This is to enable everyone to have ample opportunity to participate: these are group discussions in which you are invited to take part. Booking details will be published here when available.
Summer School at Cliff College
In past years, our residential Spring and Summer Schools at Cliff College have provided a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn with other Local Preachers and Worship Leaders in training from all over the country and overseas. Experiences and insights are shared: we worship together and have fun.
We hope to relaunch Summer School in summer 2021. This obviously depends on how the situation regarding COVID-19 develops and will be kept under review. Details will be published here as soon as available.
Here are comments from people who attended Summer School in 2019:
'Deepened my faith and my understanding of God’, ‘Renewing, refreshing and re-orientation!’, ‘The short few days have had a potentially life-long impact on my Christian journey – something I simply was not expecting – but God has worked powerfully through Cliff’, ‘I have met some wonderful people, all with the light of God in them’, ‘I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience’, ‘Huge inspiration’, ‘Engaging with other students made the learning experience communal and fun’, ‘My calling has been re-affirmed and I have been supported every step of the way’.
Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated government guidelines, we will not be able to offer a Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year programme starting in September 2020. This is because the programme is built around five intensive residential schools at Cliff College. These are unlikely to be possible until well into 2021 given current social distancing regulations.
This programme offers an opportunity to complete Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year. Students attend Spring and Summer Schools, plus three additional residential weekends. This requires a high level of commitment from the student and their circuit Local Preachers' Meeting, who must complete their parts of the training process promptly. The student must already have a Note to Preach and will come to Cliff College for the Explore sessions of the course.
Download a flyer and pass it on to anyone who may be interested.
To find out more, contact David Hunt on 01246 584226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that the sessions at Spring and Summer School are based on the Explore material in the Worship: Leading and Preaching course, and assume that students are enrolled on the course and have completed the Prepare sections prior to attending.
There is a cost for attending Spring and Summer Schools, and "WLP in a Year". Churches, circuits and districts are urged to support and affirm their trainee worship leaders and local preachers by contributing to this cost. In cases where difficult financial circumstances would prevent someone attending, please contact the Local Preachers’ office for details of charities offering possible grant support.