Ministry Events and Courses

Upcoming Events

"Taking Biblical Literacy a Step Further: the Old Testament and the New Testament, a Two-Way Relationship"

9 July 2022 9.30am-1.00pm at Canterbury, St Mary Bredin

Our study morning will be led by two of our Diocese's own specialist Bible teachers, The Revd Dr Miriam Hinksman, Curate in the Bridge Benefice and Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at London School of Theology; and Revd Dr Stephen Laird, Chaplain at Kent University and Tutor in New Testament at St Augustine's College of Theology.

Going beyond the basics (but always relevant to preaching and ministry), there will be two sessions: the first, led by Miriam, will explore a theological framework for making sense of the Old Testament, with a view to helping people make connections between the (sometimes strange) world of the Old Testament, and the good news of Jesus Christ.

In the second session, Stephen will aim to simplify and explain the significance of some recent studies which focus on how and why the Gospel writers and Paul used the Old Testament: the matter is not as straightforward as you think, and this is currently one of the most hotly debated topics in New Testament Studies!

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Working with Conflict

Seasalter Christian Centre, 11 July & 15 November 2022 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Facilitated by Steve Coneys, Peter Ingrams and Carol Smith.

The course comprises two workshops utilising authorised Bridge Builders material as well as case studies and interactive material.  It also includes four Action Learning Sets which begin after session one and continue after session two.

The purpose of the workshops and Action Learning Sets is to help build ministers’ understanding of conflict so that they may feel more confident and competent within their ministries. The sessions will develop self-awareness and skills through:

  • Looking at the scriptures to understand the significance of conflict in building the Kingdom of God
  • Valuing the dynamics of conflict within the growth of communities
  • Identifying current individual patterns of responding to conflict
  • Considering strategies and tools for achieving better outcomes when engaging with conflict.

Recent participants have commented

  • “Very encouraging and helpful matching real life to bigger dynamics”
  • “Definitely worth the time spent”
  • “Really helpful insights that enable you to understand conflict”
  • “A good course well delivered by people who know what they’re talking about”.

For more information on Bridge Builders click here.  To book a place on the course click here


Learn, Network and Pray: A day for Lay People

Saturday 12th November 2022, 9.30am-3.30pm, The John Wallis Church of England Academy, Millbank Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford TN23 3HG

The day will provide space for lay people to find encouragement and help equip them for their journey of everyday discipleship. The day will be held in prayer with chaplaincy available throughout. 

Morning Workshop: Magnifying Matthew - Revd Dr Sue Woan will help us explore the gospel of Matthew including how it has been used in art and music.  Matthew is the central gospel for the year ahead, this will appeal to you if you are involved in small groups, teaching or preaching or simply want to find out more in a fun way.  With a previous background in teaching, Sue’s ministry has been as a trainer and theological educator in Salisbury, Winchester and Norwich dioceses, before retiring to Kent.

Afternoon Workshops

Attend two workshops chosen from the following:

  • Dwelling in the Word - Learning from spiritual practices developed for our missional learning communities
  • Being Creative with Holy Habits - Considering creative ways to nurture and sustain our everyday discipleship using insights from the Deepening Discipleship course
  • Prayer and Spirituality - Thinking about ways we can develop our life of prayer and spirituality as disciples
  • Running on Empty (Self Care) - Considering ways to refresh ourselves for lay ministry and discipleship amid the busyness of life
  • Sharing Faith with Children and Young People - Thinking about ways we can pass on the faith as parent, uncle, aunty or just as an adult member of the congregation
  • Sharing Faith with Older People - Thinking about ways we can encourage older people in their faith journey using insights from Anna Chaplaincy
  • Caring for Creation - Considering ways we can play our part in caring for the environment using insights from Eco-Church and how we can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2030
  • Exploring Lay Ministry and Service - 'question and answer' session on the topic of lay ministry as it is evolving in the diocese

To book a place on the Learn, Network and Pray Day please click here