WLP Spring School


This week-long short course gives those training to be worship leaders and local preachers in the Methodist Church the opportunity to study and learn as part of an encouraging and supportive community from across the country.

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Led by a team from the Learning Network of the Methodist Church, and headed up by the course leader Bob Bartindale, the officer for worship and local preachers in the Methodist Church, Worship: Leading & Preaching is the authorised course for worship leaders and local preachers in the Methodist Church.

During the week, the sessions will be based on the 'Explore’ material in the Worship: Leading & Preaching course, and will assume that students have completed the ‘Prepare’ sections prior to the Spring School. Opportunities for discussion about building portfolios and other aspects of the course will also be available, and we will share worship and fellowship together. This course is a great opportunity to meet with others from around the country who are also in training.

Complementing the WLP Summer School, the WLP Spring School offers four streams covering a) Modules 1 and 2, b) Modules 3 and 4, c) Modules 5 and 6 and d) Modules 7 and 8. This enables local preachers in training to complete the whole course during intensive weeks based at Cliff College over two years, or within one year as part of the WLP in a Year scheme.

As well as the dynamic teaching, participants share in social times, meals, devotions, evening worship and reflection. Off-site, there are opportunities to visit the national attraction Chatsworth House (just around the corner) and go into Bakewell (just 7 miles away). Curbar and Froggatt Edge are just a short walk away for those wanting to put on their boots.

It’s been amazing to be surrounded by people equally as enthusiastic as I am in seeking God’s calling and being taught by such knowledgeable and passionate facilitators.

I have felt very encouraged and I have been empowered by God to believe and trust him more than I did before. It is wonderful to be with fellow Christians. I feel encouraged and hope I encouraged others too.

I have enjoyed meeting others on a similar journey. I feel that my calling has been affirmed and I can tackle the course with much greater confidence going forwards. I look forward to returning next year for Modules 3 and 4. Tutors could not be more helpful. I feel very blessed.

Dates for 2021 are being confirmed. Please contact the administrator for more information.

The cost of £450.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms. There is a slight reduction for couples sharing a double room. Students already signed onto one of our validated courses are entitled to a subsidy on the teaching aspect of the overall cost. We are grateful to The Methodist Church for subsidising part of the overall cost of this key training.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance can be paid on arrival or before.

To register for WLP Spring School, email wlp@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call us on 01246 584200.