WLP in a Year

The Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year scheme is designed for those wishing to become local preachers in the Methodist Church. The programme allows students to complete the ‘explore’ sessions of all eight modules of the WLP course in a structured way within one year. This is based around five residential schools (three weekends and two weeks) at Cliff College. This course will next run from October 2021-August 2022.

WLP Year student group

The Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year programme is designed specifically for those wishing to become Local Preachers in the Methodist Church. The scheme allows students to complete the ‘Explore’ sessions of all eight modules of the WLP course in a structured way within one year. This is based around 2 residential weekends and 1 residential week (the WLP Summer School) at Cliff College. This is supplemented by 2 online Zoom weekends and 1 online Zoom week (shared with WLP Explore Online).

During the residential weekends and weeks, sessions will be based around the "Explore" material in the Worship: Leading & Preaching course, and will assume that students have completed the "Prepare" sections prior to the gatherings. Opportunities for discussion about building portfolios and other aspects of the course will also be available, and we will share worship and fellowship together. The study weekends, and also the larger gatherings at the WLP Summer Schools, are a great opportunity to meet with others from around the country who are also in training.

Between teaching blocks, students engage with the extensive online self-study resources. They need the active support of their local circuit, including a local tutor and mentor, and the required opportunities to preach and lead worship whilst on note and on trial.

Participant students need to be disciplined and self-motivated, prepared to work independently and to have a good working relationship with their local circuits, who are a key part of their training. They will need to be registered as Local Preachers in training with the Connexional Local Preachers office of the Methodist Church, attend all teaching on-site at Cliff College, and have the ability to make full payment to the College.

A breath of fresh air. An opportunity to engage with others from very different contexts and journey together. The quality of teaching and exceptional experience provided by the tutors has been fantastic. A brilliant learning experience and opportunity to grow my faith and skills.


This is a brilliant course in so many ways: the relevant resources, the flexibility, the fellowship and the opportunity to grow in God and be equipped with the practical skills and theological knowledge to respond to and develop my calling. The study weekends are invaluable. Yes, it is an ambitious undertaking to complete this course in a year, but with God’s grace and strength, I’ll get there!


Be prepared to grow in the Spirit.


The tuition and guidance - and the splendid company and support of the participants - made it so worthwhile and filled me with renewed enthusiasm for the study we need to do.


Students will need to attend six teaching blocks through the year, three online and three on-site at Cliff College.

The cost of £750.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single study en-suite accommodation for the two WLP weekends and the WLP Summer School weeks. This inclusive price is a special reduced price for the WLP in a Year scheme. We are grateful to The Methodist Church for subsidising part of the overall cost of this key training.

A non-refundable deposit of £150.00 following a successful application secures your place on the WLP in a Year scheme. The balance of costs will be invoiced prior to the start of the academic year, for either full payment at the start of the year, or via installments. Individual payment arrangements can be discussed with the Cliff College finance department if part or all of the fees will be coming via other funds (church/circuit etc).

Timetable for 2021-22

Induction weekend and Module 1 (residential)8-10 October 2021
Module 2 (online)26-28 November 2021
Modules 3 and 4 (online)17-21 January 2022
Module 5 and review weekend (residential)6-8 May 2022
Module 6 (online)17-19 June 2022
Modules 7 and 8 (WLP Summer School - residential)1-5 August 2022
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To apply for this short course, download the attached application form and return it to wlp@cliffcollege.ac.uk or by post to:

WLP Administrator
Cliff College,
Hope Valley,
S32 3XG

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the course requirements before applying, please email or call us on 01246 584200.