Training for Ministry
St Mellitus Affliliate: Bermuda
In 2017, the Bishop of Bermuda sought to instigate a programme of Training for Ministry for the Anglican Church of Bermuda that followed the best practice recognised around the Anglican Communion.
Through the appointment of a Director of Training and Discipleship, and the formation of an Affiliation Agreement with St Mellitus College, London (UK), The Anglican Church of Bermuda has developed a course of Theologcal Education and Formation as preparation for Licensed Lay Ministry
The programme is open to:
Persons who, having been through a diocesan process of discernment, have been recommended and sent by the bishop for Training for Licensed Lay Ministry.
Persons whose ministry has been recognised by their Parish, supported by their Incumbent and Vestry, wish to enrich and deepen their ministry in the parish (this may include ministries such as Sunday School Leader, Bible Study Leader, Worship Leader, Pastoral Visitor, Parish Evangelist etc.)
Persons who wish to deepen their knowledge of our Christian Faith, gain greater confidence in the Scriptures, and grow as a disciple of Jesus.
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The Nisbett Lectures
Inaugurated in 2012 by The Rt Revd Richard Chartres KCVO ChStJ PC FSA, the then Bishop of London, "The Canon Thomas and Winfred Nisbett Lectures in Biblical Studies” ('The Nisbett Lectures') were conceived by the then "Diocesan Committee on Education and Evangelism" of the Anglican Church of Bermuda to sponsor and promote an annual lecture in the Diocese open to both Anglicans and non-Anglicans, lay and ordained.
The aims of the Nisbett Lectures are to foster theological understanding and debate in the Diocese; to provide a forum for learning in Christian Biblical theology; to promote growth in faith and enable the members of the Anglican Church of Bermuda to engage with and address the issues of the day from a mature Biblical perspective; and to encourage and develop the outreach of the Church in evangelism and mission.
The Nisbett Lectures have been privileged to welcome such Theologians, Biblical Scholars, and Faith Practioners as The Revd Dr Alister McGrath (Professor in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford UK), The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin (79th Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons), Dr Sarah Snyder (Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation), Dr David Deane (Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax CA), and The Revd Dr Sharon Prentis (Beginning Theology Course Coordinator at St Mellitus College, London UK).
The Diocesan Training and Discipleship Office can help your parish in teaching and nurturing believers by:
- Being invited to review your existing programmes.
- Providing resources for your Baptism and Confirmation Preparation classes, or helping you to develop your own.
- Advising on the development of Christian Discipleship groups in your parish.
- Providing materials for Small Groups such as Lent and Advent Courses.
- Sharing your ideas and resources with others in the diocese.