The Bishop's Certificate
Often known as the Bishop’s Certificate, this ten-month course in discipleship is called Growing in Faith and Life. It runs from September to June, and covers six subjects:
following: about the New Testament
remembering: about the Old Testament
exploring: about how we have become the Church of England
believing: about what Christians believe
challenging: about ethics, mission, and issues facing Christians today
responding: about prayer, worship and our spirituality.
There are two routes through the course. The first is to go to the sessions, join in the discussions and enjoy learning. At the end of the year, you will receive a scroll from the Bishop in recognition that you completed the course.
If you choose the second route, you will undertake an assignment at the end of each module. You can submit a formal piece of writing, or a more creative and personal reflection. At the end of the year you will be presented with the Bishop’s Certificate. Some people undertake this route through the Bishop’s Certificate as the first step to becoming a SPA, a Reader or as an exploration of ordination.
The Bishop’s Certificate is taught on a termly cycle on a midweek evening or Saturday daytime, whichever is preferable. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre. For more details, contact Caroline Wakelam-Jones and ask for a leaflet or application form, or telephone 020 7939 9475.
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