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Called to Serve

Please note that, from September 2016, the LCTP will be known as Cumbria Christian Learning.


Want to Grow in the Christian Faith and Serve God More Fully?

Working together, the Churches in Cumbria and Lancashire have established some education for discipleship learning which is open to all. This is the Called to Serve programme, which takes place over one year from September to July.

The Called to Serve programme is based upon a series of three modules, each of which is normally delivered over a term. Each module/term has a full Saturday day-conference and five 2- hour evening sessions (usually fortnightly), which include teaching, discussion and group work. These are held at a selection of local teaching centres around Cumbria and Lancashire.


The Programme

Called to Serve is designed for Christians who want to grow and serve God more fully. The programme will enable you to reflect upon what it means to be Church and your role within it. It includes the following elements:

Autumn Term: ‘Church, Faith and Action’

Spring Term: ‘Gifts and Calling’

Summer Term: ‘Christian Service and Mission’

The sessions will cover:

  • making our faith more relevant to everyday life, applying it to our decisions and actions;
  • discovering what God might be calling each of us to do and be;
  • exploring our gifts and equipping us to serve God more confidently in daily life and church;
  • looking at what God wants his Kingdom and Church to be like … and how our mission and ministry in the 21st century should be shaped by that;
  • developing shared ministry and leadership in the church and community.

The main emphasis will be on ‘serving God in our daily life and work’, but the course will also act as a means of clarifying vocation for people who are exploring some kind of authorised ministry, for example becoming Readers, Local Preachers or Clergy, or who are training as commissioned Local Lay Ministers.

It is a Foundation Course for all kinds of Christian ministry and service.

The course is open to Christians of any denomination and is a shared Anglican and Methodist initiative.


Levels of Engagement

The Course can be undertaken at three different levels:

  1. taking the course, participating fully but not doing any written assessed work;
  2. taking the course, participating fully and (if you successfully complete the written assessed work) achieving an RTP certificate*; or
  3. taking the course, participating fully and (if you successfully complete the written assessed work) achieving a University of Cumbria certificate** (this option is not currently available).

*The Regional Training Partnership (RTP) Certificate is recognised by the Churches in Cumbria and Lancashire but is not a formal Higher Education or University qualification.

**The University of Cumbria Certificate is a University validated award. It costs a bit more but achieves 60 credits at University level, which can contribute towards further awards in the future.


Time Commitment

For every course member, it is essential to attend the Saturday day-conference and the five evening sessions each term, and also to do one hour of link work between each of the sessions. You will be advised of the venues at the time, but these have regularly included Carlisle, Preston, Kendal, Barrow and West Cumbria.

If you choose to do the RTP Certificate or the University Certificate, you will also do the written assessed work. This may include essays, Bible studies etc. (there usually are two essays of 2,250 words each per term).

Learning takes time. Studying is hard work. Normally we reckon that you would need to allow on average 6-8 hours per week for personal study to do the Certificate. However, this may vary from week to week and will depend upon factors like how quickly you read.


The Support We Offer

You will be provided with academic support, full written guidance and clear directions about what is expected. In addition, we offer book boxes for all the teaching venues for borrowing books. Once available again, University Certificate students also have access to online resources through the University of Cumbria’s Blackboard virtual learning environment.

At the start of the course, there is an induction day as well as a study skills evening at the beginning of each term, in which we explore how to write assignments and do research.


Want to Know More?

For any further information please contact the course representatives: