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What can Learning & Development do for you?

We have a wide range of options for learning, whether you are aiming for accreditation in one of seven ministries or simply want to learn for your own enjoyment or deepen your faith.

FD Course (Sometimes referred to as the Training Course) - Are you aiming for accreditation? Would you like to gain a Foundation Degree in Practical Theology validated by York St John University? Take a look at our e-book prospectus.

Individual modules - If you like the look of some of the modules on the Foundation Degree, but don't want to commit to the full course for whatever reason, you can cherry-pick individual modules to study - As few or as                         many as you like.

GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) - The GIFT course is designed to be studied together with members of you church, or a group of local churches, but can be studied as an individual if required.  This course is suitable for all abilities and you can chose whether or not to complete assignments.  If you opt to complete assignments, this course can be used as an entry course for the Foundation Degree.

Likewise - Likewise events are run in your church, sometimes with a group of local churches, studying a subject that is important to your church, and the study is tailored to your area of interest.

 CMD, Keeping it Fresh! - Continuing Ministerial   Development events take place each year, and     offer actively serving ministers the chance to have   fellowship together and keep their skills,   knowledge and ideas fresh and up to date

Spring School - This residential event is open to all.  Exploring the topic of 'is Christian non-conformity a thing of the past?', with external guest presenters and interactive workshops, this event offers something for everyone with an interest in Congregationalism.

Publications - The Learning & Development department have produce a number of publications that can be used for individual support or in small groups, perhaps as part of a church study group.  These include titles such as 'How can I be sure?' and 'What's in a name?'

 Alumni Association - The CIPT   Alumni Association is open for   anyone who has had any   involvement with the training course or GIFT course to join.  It offers regular communication with CIPT, the chance to keep in touch with other members and a continued relationship with CIPT.  The Association holds an annual event and AGM for members.  These events include presentations from external speakers on contemporary topics such as 'New Religious Movements in the UK' and 'Ageing and Spirituality'.  These presentations are open to all, including non-members, and offer a learning opportunity as well as the chance for fellowship with old and new friends. 

Members of the Alumni Association also work with us to produce publications, known as Occasional Papers, on a range of subjects that you maybe interested to use as an individual or with a group within your church.

If you are interested in taking one of our courses or holding a Likewise event in your church, or perhaps you just have one or two questions about the learning opportunities open to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us: