Training with Bearwood Chapel

At Bearwood Chapel, we want to play our part in supporting the wider church in the UK and wider afield. We do this partly through supporting mission partners financially and through prayer.  Additionally, in partnership with other organisations we offer opportunities for people to gain training and practical experience with the Church either in a pastoral or missions capacity.

Opportunities include:

Union Learning Community

From 2017 we will be hosting the Birunionmingham West Learning Community. This offers participants the opportunity to study for Union’s GDip in Theology part time whilst living and working in a local community gaining experience of urban mission and ministry. Our Learning Community Hub will have a particular focus on training people who want to get involved in urban church planting.

Learning Communities are particularly suitable for those who want to undertake theological training whilst continuing to gain experience of ministry in a local church.

For more details see:

Or check out Union’s website

Ministry Trainees

We sometimes have openings for people to come and learn  alongside the Chapel for 1-2 years.  During that time they are trained in teaching, pastoral care outreach and leadership. Ministry Trainees are also enrolled on a local course to help equip them to handle God’s Word better as well as having access to the various courses and workshops run by the Chapel.

Currently all training places are self-funded which means that you would need to raise your own support funds.  We are sometimes able to arrange board and lodgings with a church family for trainees (depending on availability).

Short term internships

From time to time we have opportunities for people to come and spend a few weeks with the Church.  During this time, you will be able to shadow some of the church activities, meet with different leaders and learn more about leadership with a church.  These internships tend to be helpful for those considering whether or not to pursue longer term Christian work and Bible college students seeking vacation placements.

Faithroots Live

We run a mini theology course every Monday 1pm -2pm based on Faithroots material.  If you want to start getting a taste of theological education or simply want to gain additional knowledge and skills to help with your ministry then this may be for you.

Currently Faithroots Live are going through a 6 part overview of Deuteronomy. In the past we have covered The Doctrine of God and the Doctrine of Revelation. We are planning  to look at Creation.

We are also looking at running a few Faithroots Live sessions on Saturdays throughout the year.

Next Steps

If you think that any of the above opportunities would be relevant to you then here’s what to do next.

  1. Speak to  your church leaders about whether this is the right thing for you to do. They may want to help you identify other opportunities to train within your own church or on an alternative scheme.
  2. If you  want to train with us (and your church leaders agree) then get in touch using the contact form on this site. We’ll then get in touch and talk through with you to make sure that we’re in a position at that time to provide the right sort of training for your needs.

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