Diocesan Course Directory 2018

 Diocesan Course Directory Gives the opportunities for training, formation and retreat which the diocesan team offers - some open for everyone  and others more specifically for PCC officers like treasurers and church wardens, licensed ministers, those working with youth and children and clergy. 

Short Courses

Contact: Rose Robinson Mobile: 07827157328
Work E-mail:
Or Mrs Val Butler, Formation and Ministry Team, Diocesan Office, St Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester ME1 1SL

Section 1: Courses purchased
by Parishes / Deaneries and run in house
£50 per course

The following three courses can be purchased from the Diocese and then run by the Parish/ Deanery themselves in their own location:

(fee of £50 per course paid to the Diocese by the Parish or Deanery for the materials - they can then be reused and we send any update; there are resources that may be photocopied – leader’s and participants handouts, PowerPoint programmes and evaluation forms.)

Caring Concerns

Duration: 2 Saturdays or 5 evenings
Aim: Basic information about Christian pastoral care

Caring Concerns is an introductory course which covers areas of pastoral ministry:

  • Who we are in Christ
  • Listening skills
  • Skills in spiritual care with different age groups
  • Coping with stress
  • Introduction to loss and bereavement
  • Boundaries and confidentiality
  • Setting up a pastoral care team

A certificate of attendance is given by the F&M team to any who complete the whole course.

Hearing God’s Word

Duration: 2 Saturdays or 6 evenings   
Aim: Teaching on Interpreting and applying the Bible

Hearing God’s Word is an introductory course covering areas of:

  • The God who loves to speak;
  • Interpreting and understanding God’s Word;
  • Ask, ‘Why?’;
  • How the New Testament came to us;
  • Truly hearing God’s Word


Follow-on Course: Speaking God’s Word

(must first have completed Hearing God’s Word)
Duration: 3 Saturdays or 6 evenings
Aim: Introduction to preaching and teaching

  • Why do we speak and How do we know what to say?
  • Home Groups
  • Preparing to speak.
  • Speaking when children are present.
  • Sharing of pre-prepared outlines of sermon/talk/Bible-Study in small groups with plenary discussion
  • Workshops (designed according to the needs of the course participants)

People who have completed both Hearing God’s Word and Speaking God’s Word and the assessment in Speaking God’s Word may be given permission from Bishop James to give talks on an occasional basis within their own parish context under the oversight of their incumbent or priest-in-charge.  Those wishing to gain this ‘permission’ must attend all sessions of both courses and satisfactorily complete the assessment which involves:

  • Preparing an outline of a talk/Bible Study and sharing it in small groups (during course)
  • Preparing and delivering a talk in their own parish with incumbent’s written and verbal feedback and their own written reflection on the process (after course) and presenting the talk, feedback and reflection to the tutors / Diocesan representative.


Section 2: Courses run centrally
by “Diocesan” tutors
participants book and pay individually

The following courses are delivered by those with appropriate experience and run in various locations around the Diocese -

the Diocese arranges the venues and leaders and invites participants to come along.  Local assistance with refreshments / logistics/ pastoral support is requested where needed.

God’s Big Picture in the Old and New Testament

Aim: To give an overview of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible

Duration: 5 evenings

By the end of the course participants will know key events in Bible history showing Scripture’s focus on God’s salvation of the world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; have an introduction to the main genres of biblical literature and have had some practical help on how to avoid some common mistakes in interpretation.  Cost for the five evenings is £25 per participant

For more information contact Rose or Val (see top of page)
To book contact Val Butler (01634 560000) or email

Introduction to Healing and Wholeness

Duration: 2 Saturdays
Aim: To equip and nurture individuals in the gifts of the healing ministry.

By the end of the course participants will have had the opportunity to develop their skills of listening and reflecting, explored the concept of wholeness, gained experience in prayer ministry, reflected on healing in the bible and have discerned whether this ministry is for them at this time.   Needs incumbent approval.

A minimum number of 10 attendees are required for this course to take place.  Participants must be able to attend on both days.  Cost for the two days is £30.

For more information contact Rose or Val (see top of page)

To book contact Val Butler (01634 560000) or email

Follow on day courses:

(after completing Introduction to Healing and Wholeness)

  • Dying and Bereavement 
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Inner Healing 
  • Developing a Healing Ministry Team
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation 

Section 3: Other Diocesan short courses

Spirituality, Quiet Days and Retreats

The Spirituality Network in Rochester Diocese provides shorter courses in spirituality (e.g. The Prayer Pack - 5 sessions chosen from 10), quiet days, retreats and spiritual accompaniment. 

 If you are interested have a look at blog or join the network mailing list.  For more info contact: Rev Susanne Carlsson by phone 07795 167603 or by email

Mission and Community Engagement

For Parish courses relating to Mission and Community Engagement Contact: Carol Evans, by phone 01634 560000 or email


For vocational courses such as It’s Your Calling (1 day run annually in each Archdeaconry) and Here I am (5 sessions run in Parish/ deanery) see under Ministry: Vocations

Children’s and Youth Work

For training relating to Children’s and Youth Work see under Mission: Children and Young People

Music and liturgy

For training and resources connected to music and liturgy see under

Ministry: Music and Liturgy

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