About the Learning Network

The role of the Learning Network is to equip and resource the Church through a wide range of contextually relevant learning and development opportunities. Sharing responsibility with others within the Connexional Team and key stakeholders within the districts, circuits and churches.

The Learning Network's work is developed from what comes out of the Conference, and what comes up from the grassroots of the regions. The Learning Network works together connexionally, on national projects such as 3Generate, and in regional teams, in delivering regional training and learning events such as Supervision and Positive Working Together. Each officer of the regional teams is aligned to a district to allow the teams to better listen, communicate and respond on a district and circuit level. 

Priorities for learning and development are established through regional Learning & Development Forums. The aim of each Learning & Development Forum is to support circuits in being places of lifelong learning and sharing, so as to encourage and inspire Methodist people in all aspects of Our Calling. This includes worship, caring, service and evangelism, in response to God’s love. This enables us to live out our discipleship so that the love of God can be made known. 

The Learning Network comprises of 11 Learning Network regions. Each region has a regional coordinator and a team of Learning & Development Officers with a variety of specialist skills, each of whom works across the region and wider network, but are also aligned to a District. The Director of Regional Learning & Development coordinates the work of the regions with support from the senior administrator. 

Richard Armiger is the Director of Regional Learning & Development.  Richard has worked for the Methodist Church in learning and development for the last 13 years. Richard has a passion for enabling people to flourish and achieve their full potential as God intends for all his people. He has previously worked for the BBC and run his own media and training company Active Media Publishing. Richard is a trained trainer in conflict transformation and appreciative inquiry. He is an MBTI (Myers Briggs) accredited practitioner. Richard is a Local Preacher, MBA qualified and has an MA in Mission and the World of Work. He is married with two children, a daughter aged 13 and a son aged 16, and enjoys walking, photography and spending time with his family. 

Christiaan Bijl is the Senior Administrator for Learning & Development. Christiaan works closely with Richard and supports the Learning Network as a whole. This includes areas of finance, certain projects and the organising of events. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Sales Management, Christiaan has worked in recruitment, software licensing sales and in Christian community and youth roles. Christiaan initially joined the Connexional Team as an administrator in the Mission Team, before taking up this post. He loves to travel and discover new countries and has a passion for aviation. 

Contact Christiaan Bijl bijlc@methodistchurch.org.uk  |  020 7467 3533


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