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Developing your faith

Developing your faith (discipleship) is learning that enables us to love God, self and neighbour in order to grow as people of God. It is a journey that lasts our whole life and involves our whole being

It is a journey we make as individuals and as churches, and helps us adapt, change and grow in a changing world, with love at the heart of all we do. This is enabled in many different contexts and ways, seeking to make learning as accessible as possible, including funding.


Stepwise is the discipleship development programme from the ̨ʹٷվ. Stepwise is for everyone: all ages, shapes and sizes – including you!

Visit the ̨ʹٷվ Learning Hub, the home for all the ̨ʹٷվ blended learning and self-access online programmes

Church Leadership Programme

A comprehensive programme to refresh experienced lay and ordained leaders in authentic leadership, helping church leaders to develop external skills

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Education for Ministry

Advice, information and guidance for students on the three phases of Education for Ministry

Preparing to lead worship

Guidance for those exploring a call to become either a Locally Recognised Worship Leader or an Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher

Resources to develop your faith

Resource Centres for Learning

Find out about the ̨ʹٷվ’s engagement in adult discipleship learning with the Northern College, the Scottish College, and Westminster College

Metal toolbox

Mission and discipleship toolbox

A resource to help you explore mission and discipleship, as well as share God’s vision of justice and love

Synod training contacts

Find out who to contact about life-long learning and discipleship at the ̨ʹٷվ

Accredited Lay Preacher Grant

Find out more about the Accredited Lay Preacher Grant and how to apply for it

Discipleship Development Fund

Find out more about the Discipleship Development Fund and how to apply for it

Authorisation for support of Education for Ministry Phases 2 & 3

Find out what support is available and download the application form

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Newbigin Pioneering Hub

The Newbigin Pioneering Hub is an initiative which will offer spare-time training in pioneer ministry for those starting out and a community for pioneers within the ̨ʹٷվ and beyond

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Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions of church are new types of church that tend to (though not always) develop outside of church buildings, amid contemporary culture and in ecumenical settings

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More about ministry

Advice, guidance and support for people wanting to find out more about ministry or thinking about taking an ordained or leadership role in the ̨ʹٷվ

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