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Mission-Shaped Ministry

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


Want to Learn about Mission-Shaped Ministry and Effective Missionary Ministry?

Working together, the Churches in Cumbria and Lancashire have established an education for discipleship programme based upon Mission-Shaped Ministry, which is open to all. The programme normally takes place over one year from September to July.

The Mission-Shaped Ministry 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 monthly 2-hour evening sessions, which include teaching, discussion and group work. These are held at local teaching centres in Cumbria and Lancashire.


The Programme

Mission-Shaped Ministry is designed for Christians who want to grow and serve God more fully. The programme will enable you to reflect upon the practice of mission and to learn about establishing newer mission shaped patterns of local churches. It includes the following elements:

Autumn Term: Preparing and planting a fresh expression of church

Spring Term: Christian formation in fresh expressions of church

Summer Term: Sustaining a fresh expression of church

The sessions will cover:

  • learning about the importance of planning and preparing for mission;
  • discovering how God might be calling the Church to new patterns of mission and ministry;
  • exploring the gifts and equipping us to serve God more confidently in establishing fresh expressions of church;
  • looking at the possible fresh expressions of church that God wants and the importance of new patterns of discipleship for Christians;
  • developing appropriate strategies for sustaining newly established fresh expressions of church.

The main emphasis will be on serving God through effective and culturally relevant mission practice.

Although it is a Foundation Course for all kinds of Christian ministry and mission, it is also one which church leaders who are considering developing fresh expressions of church can engage with, to help them in their thinking and preparation.

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 evening sessions each term, and also to do 2 hours of link work between each of the sessions. You will be advised of the venues at the time, but these have regularly included Penrith and Preston.

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 are usually 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 Revd Nick Moxon ( or Revd Tim Herbert (