The second area of service is to provide training through workshops (usually for up to 30 people, though I undertake larger speaker events too) and writing assignments.
Training provides understanding about, motivation for and skills in Christian ministry. I seek to utilise a range of ways in which people can learn effectively to provide an experience that is both memorable and enjoyable.
Workshops can often be conducted in a more general context than consultancy, so groups can benefit from a single event. I only run workshops at the request of a client. Most take one day but some last half a day and others two to three days.
I am available to run any event, from one evening to a residential conference, for individual churches, local groups, clergy groups (eg. CMD), Bible and theological colleges, and staff of mission agencies.
I also offer training through writing. This lacks the impact of a workshop but can be available to a much wider group. I have prepared validated distance learning course modules for three clients and write regular articles for one specialist magazine. I also add new material to this website every other month (covered in the Resources section of this site).
I seek to offer in workshops and in writing:
- wide experience and understanding of church and other Christian work
- a creative mind willing to explore new ideas
- an ability to communicate clearly on practical issues
- an infectious enthusiasm for my subject.
THEMES OF THE MOMENT
Training topics for church groups during 2018 are on the themes of mission-shaped PCCs, vision-setting, church offices, communication and collaborative ministry. Bookings for clergy events include several aspects of self-management, handling stress, working with volunteers and leading change.