Training courses

Safeguarding Training

For a full list of safeguarding training dates, click here.

Introduction to Pastoral Care

Introduction to Pastoral Care led by the Revd Eileen Turner

A  4 day course at the Sheffield School of Ministry.  For people already in pastoral ministry or who would like to know more about pastoral care.

This course aims:

  • To introduce participants to major issues relating to pastoral care.
  • To provide participants with a theological basis for an understanding of pastoral care.
  • To enable participants to reflect critically on their own experience of pastoral care and on their own emergent practice.
  • To enable participants to develop their self-awareness and awareness of the needs of others.
  • To enable participants to speak honestly about themselves and non-judgementally of others.
  • To encourage participants to become committed to developing the skills and dispositions required for good pastoral care

Dates: Jan 8th Feb 12th March 12th and April 2nd  2017 from 9.30am-4.30pm

Location: The Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish St, Sheffield S3 7RZ

Cost:  £250 (which includes lunch and all refreshments)

Closing date for applications:  November 18th 2016 - send details to:  NB: places are limited and those accepted on to the course will be asked to pay their fees before starting in January 2017.


Spiritual Growth & Transformation (SG&T)

This is an experiential rather than an academic course. Over the course of six months it offers a process of prayer, listening and reflection through which participants are encouraged and enabled to draw closer to God. This course forms the first stage of the Art of Spiritual Accompaniment training as well as being a stand-alone experience.

Through the creation of a safe and sacred space for a small group, mornings are in silence and include a time or prayer and reflection before shared listening. The afternoons are used to explore themes such as images of God, images of self, the spiritual journey and personal call.

The next course will begin in September 2017. For more information see the brochure and forms below or contact Karen Colley on 01709 309116/

Brochure  Application Form  

Safeguarding Training, Foundation Level C1 (Free)

Led by Linda Langthorne, for those working directly with children or vulnerable adults in the church. October 19th 6.00 for 6.30 Start at St Mary's Bramall Lane, Sheffield  or Wednesday 30th November 2016, 6.00 for 6.30 Start at Diocesan Church House Rotherham.  .

Booking essential - 25 participants maximum, first come first served basis.  now full  


please email or telephone 01709 309147. 

Lay Ministry Training -  School of Ministry at Wilson Carlile

Lay Ministry Training is for those training to become Readers, Lay Parish Evangelists and Pastoral Workers in their own parishes in the Diocese of Sheffield. For further information and for an application form please contact Trish Stafford on

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Nomination/Application Form


Aurora is an opportunity for those involved in youth or children's ministry to gain some new skills, increase their confidence and learn with others.  Aurora offers students a Cliff College Certificate in Youth or Children's Ministry and a Bishop's Certificate in Youth or Children's Ministry.

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Worship 4 Today

Worship 4 today is a twelve session course specially designed to encourage and equip those involved or interested in leading worship in the local church. It is suitable for everyone – those with some experience and training and those with none; musicians and non-musicians; those who lead intercessions; those with skills in creative arts or technology; ordained or lay.

Part 1: Laying a firm foundation and
Part 2: Developing key skills are already available direct from Sheffield Diocese.
Part 3: Consolidating and expanding horizons is now published.

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Mission Shaped Ministry

mission shaped ministry (msm) is a course produced by the national Fresh Expressions team that takes people on a one-year learning journey in a supportive community.  The course is aimed at equipping people for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing the church in a changing world.  The course is relevant to those wanting to develop traditional church as well as those developing new forms of church.

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Urban Theology Unit Sheffield

UTU has a variety of short courses and study days available on a wide range of subjetcs, from Exploring Hebew Scriptures to Public Life and Politics in Multi-Faith Britain. Details of these courses are available from the UTU Sheffield website.