Learning & Training

June Events

04 June
Leading into Change
7.30 – 9.00 pm Online.
Following Jesus is all about transformation; people and churches experiencing transformation and communities being transformed. In Methodist churches, transformational leadership is practised by teams of lay and ordained leaders: ministers, lay workers, church and circuit stewards and other committed volunteers. The monthly Leading into Change webinars offer leadership ideas to stimulate your thinking and give you space to apply this thinking to your own particular context.
Please click here for more information and to book.


05 June
New Places for New People Information Evening
7.30 pm Online.
An Information Evening for individuals, churches and circuits to find out more about what New Places for New People are, how the process will work and the support available from the District for this exciting work.
Please click here to book, or contact Revd David Goodall for more information.


06 June
Methodist Women in Britain – Zoom Meeting
7.00 pm Online.
Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) invite you to an evening with Helen Kim Scholars Madeleine Reed (Britain) and Heidi Hogan (Ireland) as they share their global experiences as younger women in Leadership Development roles with the World Federation of Methodists and Uniting Church Women.
Please email Linda Crossley for more information and the Zoom details.


07 June
Introduction to Unconscious Bias
10.00 – 11.15 am Online.
Hidden biases have the power to undermine and derail our desire to act justly, and fairly towards other people and lots of areas in our decision making, and it is possible to be unconsciously biased regarding disability, religion, race, gender, age, social class, and more. The Learning Network are running this session to introduce the concept.
Please click here for more information and to book.


12 June
Responding to Bullying and Harassing Behaviour
9.30 am – 4.00 pm Online.
This one day programme promotes good working relationships and ways to manage bullying and harassing behaviour within the life of our churches and faith communities. It enables those who participate in the training to consider the dynamics that lead to bullying and harassing behaviour, and equips participants with basic skills to become more confident when dealing with people who display such behaviour. The course considers the use of power, ego states, Kantor and top tips. This day builds upon the learning covered by the one-day ‘Growing Through Change and Conflict’ course material. While it is not essential that you have attended Growing through Change and Conflict, you might find it beneficial to also consider participating in this days’ training.
Please click here for more information about the Positive Working Together Course, and here for more information about this programme.


12 June
New Places for New People – Rural Mission
7.30 pm Online.
The Methodist Church is looking at where we can set up new Christian communities for those not yet part of an existing church. Already within the district there are a number of NPNP developing but these are all based in urban areas. It is hoped that we can also establish at least one NPNP in a rural or semi-rural context. As a District we have begun to explore how this might happen and we have set up an online gathering to do some further exploration together. This will be facilitated by Revd David Goodall, the District Mission Enabler. Sarah Hulme the Connexional Rural Mission and Ministry Officer will also be present and offering support and guidance.
Please contact Andrew Webb for more information and the Zoom link.


19 June
Local Lay Pastor Community of Practice
11.00 – 11.45 am Online.
The Learning Network are hosting a monthly online gathering for Local Lay-Pastors in their initial stages of learning and development. We’ll begin to build a community of mutual support, where Local Lay-Pastors can share the joys and challenges, the wisdom and frustrations, and come together as disciples living out an important calling in the life of the church. Come and meet with others and learn how each other’s roles are being lived out in a variety of contexts, and look for connections and inspiration as we explore what God is doing across the Methodist Church.
Please click here for more information and to book.


20 June
District Digital Forum – Lessons in Digital Community
7.30 pm Online.
The District Digital Forum is run by Revd Mark Stennett, our Digital Church Enabler. The session will begin with sharing his findings from lessons in Digital Community, and what that could mean for Digital Church. There will then be time for general questions and answers about this topic and other digital matters. Please also note that the first part of the Forum will be recorded for those who are unable to join live.
Please click here for more information and contact Mark for the Zoom details.


July Events

02 July
Scripture, Spirituality and Conflict
09.30 am – 4.00 pm Online.
Our churches and faith communities are experiencing rapid change, which can sometimes result in difficult conversations and conflicted relationships. These experiences would be familiar to the early Christian church, where change and conflict were the norm, and heated conversations were regular occurrences. What can we learn from scripture about conflict and change? Building on our foundation day ‘Growing through Change and Conflict’, this material explores first an approach to scripture rooted in God’s loving reconciliation in the world, and then secondly offers a way in to bible study rooted in ‘the remembered bible.’ Drawing on our own lived experience of life in our church or faith community, we continue to support all those in our churches and faith communities to be peacemakers in the spirit of the gospel.
Please click here for more information and to book.


03 July
Positively Rural: A Place to call Home?
7.30 – 9.00 pm Online.
Positively Rural are running two webinars on aspects of rural homelessness. This first webinar is being held during Rural Housing Week, and will look at the provision of affordable housing, or local needs housing for those who live in our rural communities. In Spring 2025, we will be looking at rural homelessness and how it manifests itself in rural contexts as so often it is hidden, overlooked and disregarded by many agencies as to its existence. For this session a small panel of speakers, including Beki Winter from Housing Justice, will share their experiences around some of the issues with rural housing.
Please click here for more information and to book.


04 July
Time Management
10.00 am – 12.30 pm Online.
Sometimes the ‘to do’ list seems never ending and it can be hard to find time for what feels most important. In the time management sessions, you will think about how best to manage your diary and other people’s expectations; consider how to use your time discerningly, making space for what matters most; and learn some practical ways for managing to-do lists.
Please click here for more information and to book.


09 July
Leading into Change
7.30 – 9.00 pm Online.
Following Jesus is all about transformation; people and churches experiencing transformation and communities being transformed. In Methodist churches, transformational leadership is practised by teams of lay and ordained leaders: ministers, lay workers, church and circuit stewards and other committed volunteers. The monthly Leading into Change webinars offer leadership ideas to stimulate your thinking and give you space to apply this thinking to your own particular context.
Please click here for more information and to book.


11 July
Boundaries and saying no
10.00 am – 12.30 pm Online.
Sometimes we find that our boundaries are not quite in the right place and we have said ‘yes’ when we maybe could have said ‘no’. In the boundaries and saying ‘no’ session we will spend time with Jesus and discern our responses to saying ‘no’, and explore some methods to help us develop and keep to boundaries we have set.
Please click here for more information and to book.


13 July
Good news for all creation: Mission planning for every church
10.00 am – 3.00 pm Online.
This online conference seeks to inspire you to discover the particular gifts your church/es have to offer the world and to create simple, useful plans for positive action. Through a mixture of presentations and team coaching sessions, we’ll explore God’s call to share the love of Christ in word and deed with all of creation, offering what we have and letting the Spirit get to work.
Please click here for more information and to book.


20 July
A Retreat for (Busy) Volunteers
10.00 am – 1.00 pm at Bradley Methodist Church, Lidget Road, Bradley, BD20 9ED.
Are you a busy volunteer? Have you always got things to do for church? Would you like to nurture your own faith more? Take a morning out for you in a space where you can connect with God, be, and reflect on your journey of faith.
Please click here for more information and email David Goodall to book.


20 July
Equipping for Equality – North
10.30 am – 4.00 pm Online.
Are you passionate about bringing about equality within the church? Want to be resourced and equipped? This day will be a chance to learn from one another’s experiences, improve our cultural literacy, develop our understanding of Equality Impact Assessments, discuss the implementation of the Inclusive Language Guide, enhance our skills in communications, social media and facilitating online gatherings, and consider how to support and resource people for the continual personal learning aspect of the mandatory EDI training.
Please click here for more information and to book.