Courses & Learning
Equipping for Ministry
In a group without a separated priesthood it is important that we are all prepared to play our role in Meeting life and as Friends in the wider world.
The two-year Equipping for Ministry course aims to give you a solid grounding in thinking about what it is to be a Quaker in the world today and how you are personally to live out that calling. The course is designed to benefit both you and your meeting. Please contact us for further information about any aspect of this course.
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Equipping for Ministry provides grounding in the four key aspects of life as a member of the Quaker faith community in which we are all ministers:
Spirit: personal spiritual growth and exploration; deepening spiritual understanding and nurturing the spiritual life of our communities; prayer, worship, discernment, sources of inspiration, and sources of authority.
Tradition: understanding the story of Friends worldwide, their theological debates, their rootedness in Christian tradition and their interactions with other faiths.
Community: understanding the roles, structures and practices of the contemporary Quaker community; supporting and nurturing Friends within that community.
World: understanding the testimonies to simplicity, peace, truth, equality, justice, and sustainability; living our faith in today’s world and making our lives an active witness.
How does it work?
The course is structured around a combination of time at Woodbrooke and projects for personal study and reflection. When you enroll on the Equipping for Ministry course you will be assigned a personal tutor and invited to attend the induction weekend. The induction weekend takes place once a year during January. In each of your two years you are required to attend a residential week. In addition you create your own programme of study from our wide range of courses. Between visits to Woodbrooke you will undertake project work for study and reflection back home.
Residential Weeks will cover topics from the four core themes of the Equipping for Ministry Programme. Topics explored during these weeks, in addition to the key themes of Spirit, Community, Tradition and Faith in Action, cover Ministry and Theology. There is a Quiet Day (including Appleseed, Journaling and Spiritual Practices), and team games that prompt reflection on aspects of community and leadership. Optional evening sessions may include labyrinth work, an Experiment with Light introduction, craft-based activities, storytelling, and a chance to share project work.
Creating your own programme from our wide range of short courses is easy - you simply pick one course (excluding day schools) per core theme, plus another two of your choice over the two year period.
Project work is carried out between visits to Woodbrooke, giving you space and time to reflect. The time for personal work is essential and the course cannot be completed in less than two years. In certain circumstances students may be able to take the course over three years.
- Induction for EfM starters in 2017 will be 6 - 8 January 2017
- Induction for EfM starters in 2018 will be 12 - 14 January 2018
There are two elements in the EfM course fees: