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The School of Discipleship

The School of Discipleship is our home for training in discipleship and ministry, supporting the diocesan vision for ‘growing deeper’. It’s a place to strengthen the foundations of your faith, to follow Jesus in everyday life and be equipped to serve the church through training, events and resources which complement what your local church already offers. We aim to provide high quality training that is biblically-faithful and everyday-relevant, wherever you are in your journey of faith.
“I’m really enjoying the Licensed Lay Ministry training because it strengthens my confidence as well as challenges me as a leader and apprentice of Christ.”
Trine, 2022 LLM Cohort

What is the School of Discipleship?

The School of Discipleship is not a what but a who

It’s a community of all those in the Diocese who want to grow in faith and develop ministry.

The School of Discipleship is not something you graduate from

We offer a wide variety of training so that you can choose what suits you at different points along your walk with the Lord. This is about life-long learning, as you continue to grow deeper and be equipped as a disciple.

The School of Discipleship is not a building or place

We hold training and events in venues all over the diocese:

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From our Offices in Southwell

Some of our Licensed Lay Ministry training sessions are held in Jubilee House.

Across the diocese

Our flagship discipleship programme, RealLIFE, is currently under review. Look out for more information about a refreshed programme, which will be held in different churches in Spring 2024.


The Learning Hub is a place you can come to register for events, take part in online courses and access a broad range of resources.

The School of Discipleship is for everyone! We serve the whole diocese: those in licensed ministry, lay leaders and everybody who wants to follow Jesus and grow in faith.

For more information on the School of Discipleship, contact Revd. James Halstead.

What’s on offer

The School of Discipleship has lots of courses and events to help you to grow deeper in your faith. From God’s Story, a 10-week Bible overview series, to Global Theology, a book group for those want to explore theological writing from a wider range of sources – we’ll have something to suit you! Head to our Learning Hub to explore more.

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Meet The Team

The Discipleship & Ministry Team works centrally in Jubilee House to equip, support and resource the churches and parishes in our diocese. Covering areas including wellbeing, vocations, lay ministry, children & youth and church growth & planting – we are here to support you! Let’s introduce you to the team:

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