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Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network

Learning & Development

Learning and development across the connexion is delivered by Districts and the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network (DMLN).

The work for the DMLN has four aims:

  • nurturing and equipping Christ-like disciples
  • challenging and equipping mission-shaped communities
  • forming and equipping those who share in lay and ordained ministry
  • enabling and encouraging creative thinkers in an environment of scholarship, research and innovation.


The DMLN functions in...

  • eleven teams located in regions & nations
  • three teams focusing on a particular specialism ... discipleship development | church and community development | ministry development
  • two centres ... Cliff College in Derbyshire and The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham
  • scholarship, research and innovation underpins much of the work

 

There are three districts covered by the East Central Region: Lincolnshire, Nottingham & Derby and Northampton. East Central DMLN team is headed up by a Regional Co-ordinator who is supported by 3 Learning & Development Officers. As well as working more broadly, each post-holder has a remit for one of three specialisms.
See the website for East Central Learning Network Region at http://www.methodist.org.uk/learning/network-regions/east-central-region

 

 

DMLN - JB
Jane Bingham | Regional Coordinator | Church & Community

Jane has worked within the learning and development field for the Methodist Church for a number of years and as a consequence has been involved in many initiatives including a gathered model of LP training. Prior to that she worked as a training professional & manager, amongst other things, in the public and private sectors including the worlds of banking, outsourced customer service, power generation, the NHS and the civil service.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 07799 900487

 

 

 

DMLN - GTGill Thomas | Learning & Development Officer | Church & Community
Gill has a background in Youth & Community Work & FE teaching. She has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England —Lancashire, Merseyside, Wiltshire, Northumberland and RAF Stations in the Midlands & North. Her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 07799 902581

 

 

 

 

DMLN - NPNigel Pimlott | Learning & Development Officer | Discipleship
Nigel has spent much of his adult life working with young people, youth workers, churches and community organisations, most notably for Frontier Youth Trust. As a trainer, thinker, strategist and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity and helping people make a difference in the world. He has written several books — Youth Work After Christendom, Glimpses, and Embracing the Passion.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 07799 900468

 

 

 

DMLN - ASAdam Sanders | Learning & Development Officer | Discipleship
Adam was previously Mission & Development worker at Central Hall, Coventry where he was responsible for worship development and work with young adults. Adam also pastors Jazz Community Church in Birmingham. He has a particular passion for discipleship, contemplative spirituality, church growth, lay ministry and new forms of church. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 07799 900467

 

 

 

Dates for your Diary
November
7th Worship: Leading & Preaching - Tutor and Mentor training, Loughborough
9th Worship: Leading & Preaching - Tutor and Mentor training Burton Rd Methodist, Lincoln
15th Lay Workers Induction: Part 2 - the second of 2-day induction training for new Lay Workers in our region
18th ‘Growing through Conflict’ - a time to think about facilitating difficult conversations and develop skills Sapcote
24th-26th ‘3Generate’ - an action-packed and inspiring weekend for hearing the voice of children and young people across the Methodist Church Southport
30th ‘Space’ – a whole-day opportunity for refreshment and renewal ‘away from it all’

January
20th ‘Create’ - a day for leaders of worship looking at creative approaches Horncastle
29th Cliff Certificate in Administrative Ministry - a week-long course for those working as administrators within all church contexts Cliff College

February
1st Worship: Leading & Preaching - Tutor and Mentor training Derby
24th ‘Acts 29’ - Northampton District event for young people Northampton
27th ‘Time to Reflect: Part One’ - a gathering for those approaching the 4th year of probation, Cliff College

March
5th ‘Connecting Disciples’ – an event for Lay Workers High Leigh (tbc)
10th ‘Joined Up’ – a conference for youth workers and ministers Sheffield
24th Bible Month – A day looking at ‘Jonah’ (this year’s chosen book) Burbage Methodist Church

April
10th ‘Time to Reflect: Part Two’ – a gathering for those approaching the 4th year of probation Cliff College
21st Representative Synods – Lincolnshire 

May
12th ‘Being God’s People’ – a day looking at current ethical issues, Loughborough

June
9th Children’s Spirituality and Ministry Day
23rd Regional Local Preacher & Worship Leader Tutor and Mentors Gathering

July
14th ‘Space’ – a whole-day opportunity for refreshment and renewal ‘away from it all’