Frequently Asked Questions

About the course

What is Worship: Leading & Preaching?
What is the structure of the course?
How is the course delivered?
How long does it take to become a local preacher or worship leader?
Why is Worship: Leading & Preaching online?
How are students assessed?
What does it cost to do Worship: Leading & Preaching?
I have forgotten my password - what do I do?
Who can be a Mentor?

Registration, Enrolment and Transfers

How do I register for Worship: Leading & Preaching?
I've already started on Faith & Worship what should I do?
Can I get exemption from part of the new course if I have already successfully completed part of Faith & Worship?
I have successfully completed Section A of Faith & Worship, which gives me an exemption from Modules 1 & 2 of Worship: Leading & Preaching.  Do I still need to submit a complete Portfolio A?
I am a Worship Leader who trained using a previous course for worship leaders. Do I have to complete Worship: Leading & Preaching from the beginning to become accredited as an LP?
Can I do the Worship: Leading & Preaching course without training as a Worship Leader or Local Preacher? 
I am currently studying the Worship Leader modules of W:LP, but I want to proceed on to train as a Local Preacher. How do I do this?
Is Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) exemption available for this course?

Portfolios

How are portfolios produced and submitted for assessment? 
When will I receive the result of my portfolio submission?
I have items in my portfolio with old-style cover sheets.  Is it OK to include these, or do I need to rewrite them in the new (April 2018) format?
I have been compiling my portfolio using the previous portfolio template and forms.  Can I use the new forms for the remaining items to complete my portfolio?
If I want to carry on using the old-style forms to complete my portfolio, where can I find them?
What actually is the requirement for preaching items in LP Portfolio B?
Some of the feedback for my services is hand-written forms rather than typed into Worship & Preaching Feedback Form or Congregation Feedback Forms.  What should I do?

 

About the course

 

What is Worship: Leading & Preaching?

Worship: Leading & Preaching is the authorised training course for trainee worship leaders and local preachers in the Methodist Church in Britain. It provides the educational part of the process of formation as a worship leader or local preacher. Completing the course provides evidence to the Local Preachers’ Meeting or Church Council that you have acquired the necessary competence in theological reflection appropriate to your calling.

 

What is the structure of the course?

Worship: Leading & Preaching consists of eight modules.  Worship leaders study the first four and local preachers study all eight.

Each of the course modules contains a mix of individual study and reflection, group discussion and practical application of learning. Being online allows the course to contain a wide variety of material including audio and video which a paper-based course could not. The course is intended to be flexible and accessible for people from many different social, geographic, ethnic and educational backgrounds.

 

How is the course delivered?

Much of the course consists of learning that the student does individually, using resources provided online. This is supplemented by three sessions of group work per module, which can be done in a small study group, a circuit or district study day, or residential course. We encourage worship leaders and local preachers to learn together. Every student has the support of a tutor, who assists them with their studies and with compiling their portfolio, and a mentor who accompanies them as they develop their practical skills.

 

How long does it take to become a local preacher or worship leader?

For most students with other commitments, it will take two years to complete modules 1-4 and 4 years to complete modules 5-8.  It is possible to complete the course in half that time, but it is best to be realistic.  The course is only part of the process of formation as a worship leader or local preacher, and you will need also to be gaining experience in leading worship.  Local preachers will also need to meet the requirements for quarterly assessed services by their Local Preachers’ Meeting, whose task is to discern your calling as a local preacher.

 

Why is Worship: Leading & Preaching online?

For most students with other commitments, it will take two years to complete modules 1-4 and 4 years to complete modules 5-8. It is possible to complete the course in half that time, but it is best to be realistic about the demands the course will make on your time and energy. The course is only part of the process of formation as a worship leader or local preacher, and you will need also to be gaining experience in leading worship. Local preachers will also need to meet the requirements for quarterly assessed services by their Local Preachers’ Meeting, whose task is to discern your calling as a local preacher.

 

How are students assessed?

Assessment on the course is done through portfolios, of which a worship leader produces one, and a local preacher produces two. The items in the portfolio provide evidence of the student’s learning and their reflection on their experience so far. Each portfolio includes examples of the services the student has been involved with, and feedback received, and a small number of creative items, each of which relates to a particular theological theme studied during the course. Assessment is done by the student’s tutor, who guides the student as they compile their portfolio and provides constructive feedback. There is a moderation process to ensure tutors across the Methodist Connexion are applying similar standards in their assessment.

Assessment focusses on the learners' developing understanding and skills, and their reflections on their learning journey, rather than on academic knowledge or writing style.

 

What does it cost to do Worship: Leading & Preaching?

There is no cost to individuals, their churches or circuits for Worship: Leading & Preaching. It is provided by the Methodist Connexion as a learning resource for the whole church. Students will however incur costs whilst doing their studies: for printing, internet access, books and materials they need, or for day or residential courses they choose to attend. In the past, many circuits supported their local preachers by subsidising their “toolkit” and we strongly encourage churches, circuits and districts to support their trainee worship leaders and local preachers in their studies.

 

I have forgotten my password - what do I do?

Don’t panic! Instead follow the link here.

You can re-set your password by entering either your user name (which you can obtain from the Local Preachers' office at localpreachers@methodistchurch.org.uk) or your e-mail address.

You will then receive an e-mail into your mailbox with a link.  Clicking on the link in the email will take you to a page where you can set a new password.

 

Who can be a Mentor?

A Mentor for a Worship Leader in training should be a Worship Leader who is currently authorised to serve in this role by their Church Council, or an accredited Local Preacher.  A Mentor for a Local Preacher in training should be an accredited Local Preacher.  There is no requirement for a Mentor to have completed the Worship: Leading & Preaching course themselves, but we would encourage them to familiarise themselves with the course and its requirements so that they can provide good support and encouragement to their mentee.

 

Registration, Enrolment and Transfers

 

How do I register for Worship: Leading & Preaching?

New students, mentors and tutors for Worship: Leading & Preaching should be registered with the Local Preachers’ Office by circuit Local Preachers Secretaries using the LPWL Return Form.  This form can be completed online, or downloaded  here.

 

I've already started on Faith & Worship what should I do?

People who have already started Faith & Worship have three options:

  • Continue studying Faith & Worship– This course will continue to be supported until August 31st 2021, which should allow all existing students to complete if they wish.
  • Start Worship: Leading & Preaching at the beginning - Those who have struggled with the style of Faith & Worship, or have only recently begun, may wish to start afresh.
  • Transfer to the new course. Some credit can be given for any sections of Faith & Worship successfully completed..

 

Can I get exemption from part of the new course if I have already successfully completed part of Faith & Worship?

Yes, if you have completed Section A you do not need to do modules 1-2 of Worship: Leading & Preaching but will still need to complete the portfolio for modules 1-4.

If you have completed sections A & B you will not need to do modules 1-4 and will not need to complete the portfolio for modules 1-4.

Please note, however, that the new course is not an exact equivalent to Faith & Worship and you risk having some gaps in your training if you miss out on some of the new modules.  We would encourage you to dip into the modules you miss and maybe attend the 'Explore' group sessions, even if you are exempted from having to do the assessment.

 

I have successfully completed Section A of Faith & Worship, which gives me an exemption from Modules 1 & 2 of Worship: Leading & Preaching.  Do I still need to submit a complete Portfolio A?

Yes, you will still need to submit a complete Portfolio A.  Because the courses are not completely aligned, and to minimize additional work, we suggest choosing the Theological Themes for your portfolio as follows:

-          2 Theological themes from Modules 3

-          2 Theological themes from Modules 4

-          1 Theological theme from Module 1

-          1 Theological theme from Module 2

Note that you will almost certainly need to do some reading and study from Modules 1 and 2 to prepare the above items.

You should include a note on your portfolio Cover Sheet to state that you have previously completed Faith & Worship Section A, and are therefore exempt from Modules 1 & 2.

 

I am a Worship Leader who trained using a previous course for worship leaders. Do I have to complete Worship: Leading & Preaching from the beginning to become accredited as an LP?

Yes, you will have to start the course from the beginning and complete two assessment portfolios in order to become a local preacher even though you are already a worship leader.

The most important reason for this is that the previous Connexional course for worship leaders does not match up in terms of depth of study to the first four modules of Worship: Leading & Preaching and so there would be large gaps in a local preachers training if these were not studied fully.

 

Can I do the Worship: Leading & Preaching course without training as a Worship Leader or Local Preacher? 

Yes, the course provides a great way of developing skills in theological reflection which are really beneficial in the life of any Christian disciple.  If you choose to do the course in this way, you will still need a local tutor – your Circuit Superintendent or Local Preachers’ Secretary should be able to put you in touch. 

You will also need to be enrolled on the course, which you can do by contacting the Local Preachers’ office.  You won’t however need a mentor.  On completion of the course, you will receive a certificate to recognise your achievement.  Please note however, that the course is not accredited through any external educational institution, and completion will not be valid as Approved Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) on any other course of study.  

 

I am currently studying the Worship Leader modules of W:LP, but I want to proceed on to train as a Local Preacher. How do I do this?

It is usually best to submit your "Worship Leader" portfolio, keeping the additional material in hand until you receive a Note to Preach.  At this point, your Local Preachers' Secretary will advise the Local Preachers' Office, and we will enrol you on the Local Preachers' programme.  The additional material required for the "Local Preachers' Portfolio A" can then be submitted using the "Portfolio Resubmission" process.

 

Is Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) exemption available for this course?

APEL may be available under exceptional circumstances for people who can demonstrate prior learning and experience that aligns precisely with the requirements of Worship: Leading & Preaching.  However, you should note that Worship: Leading & Preaching is designed as part of a formational process as a local preacher or worship leader, and it is unlikely that prior training will align completely with its specific requirements. 

If you wish to pursue the possibility of APEL, we suggest you contact your regional Ministry Development Officer or the Local Preachers’ office who will be able to advise you.

For more information on possibilities for APEL, download the Guidance Note here.

 

Portfolios

 

How are portfolios produced and submitted for assessment? 

Portfolios compiled by the student in a “Portfolio Template” which is a collection of folders on their computer.  We encourage people where possible to produce written material for their portfolio on a computer using a word processor.  This assists with assessment and makes it easier for us to check that the portfolio is the students’ own work.  Items such as scanned documents, pictures, audio and video files be included in a portfolio.  When complete, the student uploads their portfolio via the course website, and their tutor carries out a final assessment.

 

When will I receive the result of my portfolio submission?

Students are informed of the outcome of their result by 31st May (spring submission) or 30thNovember (autumn submission) via their user account on the Worship: Leading & Preaching website.

 

I have items in my portfolio with old-style cover sheets.  Is it OK to include these, or do I need to rewrite them in the new (April 2018) format?

It’s quite OK to include old-style forms in a new-style portfolio but for new items you prepare from now on, we recommend that you use the new forms. The new forms are available on the Methodist website: see Building and submitting a portfolio. You will also find a link to the previous versions of the forms at the bottom of that page.

 

I have been compiling my portfolio using the previous portfolio template and forms.  Can I use the new forms for the remaining items to complete my portfolio?

Yes, in fact we recommend you use the new forms for any remaining items, although it’s your choice which forms you use in this case.  Remember that portfolios using the old template will only be accepted up to 30th September 2019.

 

If I want to carry on using the old-style forms to complete my portfolio, where can I find them?

The complete set of old-style forms are still available on Moodle by following the link here. The old-style forms will still be accepted until the September 2019 submission deadline.

 

What actually is the requirement for preaching items in LP Portfolio B?

[The full question was: In the Portfolio Guide, section 3.4 on LP Portfolio B, it says (clause 8) that every service should include preaching, but also requires (clause 3) an example of engaging with the Bible in a way other than by means of a conventional sermon. How do I reconcile these two requirements?]

There is actually no contradiction here. Every service in Portfolio B needs to include preaching (clause 8), but this does not have to be a “conventional” sermon in each case. At least one of the examples of preaching should use a different way of exploring the Word, for example through interactive discussion, drama, use of creative media, or storytelling. This still counts as “preaching” in this context.

 

Some of the feedback for my services is hand-written forms rather than typed into Worship & Preaching Feedback Form or Congregation Feedback Forms.  What should I do?

It is quite acceptable to submit feedback on hand-written forms, but you will need to provide a scan or photo of the form in your portfolio.  If you don’t have access to a scanner (many computer printers now have scanners built-in), perhaps someone you know would scan them or take a picture on their phone.  The key requirement is that they are legible.

 

 

 

 


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