The Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network was set up as a direct result of decisions taken at Conference 2012 and recommendations in the Fruitful Field report. Its development followed a year of scrutiny and debate in the Council and other governance bodies.
Staff work out of Cliff College and the Queen's Foundation in Birmingham, as well as in home or regional offices.
The work covers the full range of church life under the broad headings of Discipleship, Ministry and Church & Community.
Although the staff are working in the Discipleship and Ministries cluster of the Connexional Team, the whole Team will be involved at different times and in different ways to help deliver the work requested by the Conference.
For more information see the National Methodist website
Circuit Stewards Resources:
CS Worksheet Session 1 - Circuit Issues
CS Worksheet Session 2 - Help
CS Worksheet Session 3 - Supporting your Minister
CS Worksheet Session 4 - nurturing new leaders
CS Worksheet Session 5 - Spiritual responsibilities of Circuit Stewards
Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network
There are three districts covered by the East Central Region: Lincolnshire, Nottingham & Derby and Northampton. There are 4.5 DMLN posts within this region including one Regional Co-ordinator and 3.5 Learning and Development Officers. As well as working more broadly, each post-holder has a remit for one of three specialist areas of development: Church and Community, Discipleship and Ministry.
See the website for East Central Learning Network Region http://www.methodist.org.uk/learning/network-regions/east-central-region
Learning & Development Officer – full-time | Jane Bingham | Church and 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. Although a Midlands girl at heart, she has been an honorary Yorkshire woman for 25 years and worships at Sprotbrough Methodist Church in the Sheffield District.
The great loves of her life are the cinema, chocolate, music (occasionally folky) and her teenage daughter although not necessarily in that order.
Learning & Development Officer – full-time | Gill Thomas | Church and Community
Gill started out her working life with Lancashire Careers Service until her early 20s when she took up a District Training Development Worker post working across the Liverpool District (funded by Joseph Rank Benevolent Trust) and qualified as a Youth & Community Worker. After spending 8 years within the statutory Youth Service in Wiltshire and Northumberland, Gill moved into the world of FE where she lectured in Youth Work, Play Work, Drugs Awareness, Early Years and Health & Social Care at Northumberland College. Following a move to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, Gill became Area Youth Work Co-ordinator for Airplay (a national project delivering play & youth work at RAF Stations) where she gained a real understanding of military communities. Gill is married to Rob, a Primary School teacher, and has one son, Max. She lives in Grimsby where she is a Local Preacher 'on trial' and Christian Aid campaigner.
She enjoys films, books, travelling, walking, cooking and spending time with her family.
Learning & Development Officer – half-time | Lorna Valentine | Discipleship
After obtaining her degree in Communications Lorna worked for many years as part of the production team at Methodist Publishing House. On leaving she escaped into the wider world, working in benefit administration. As the daughter of a Methodist minister and a life-long Methodist the time working 'away' was a formative experience. The practical insights into welfare issues was a driver to and has proved invaluable in her work with the local Foodbank. She returned to working within the Methodist Church when taking up post as the District Development Enabler for the Lincoln and Grimsby District in 2011. As a creative person, musician and Local Preacher passionate about enabling the leading of worship she became involved in the District Local Preacher Course as part of the DDE role going on to work with other districts to enable the model to be used more widely. Alongside the half-time post, Lorna is a Student Presbyter on the Queens Connexional Course which is a part-time pathway.
With Lorna’s two roles and a husband, cat and tank of fish in the family (all of whom seem permanently hungry!), life can be busy at times.
Learning & Development Officer – full-time | Tim Woolley | Ministry (unavailable until 1st September 2016)
Previously an infant and nursery school teacher, Tim has been a presbyter since 2002, serving his first appointment in the Guildford circuit. Since 2007 he has served as Director of Mission in the Northampton District, encouraging the development of Fresh Expressions of Church, personal faith sharing and creative use of buildings in mission. Tim has recently completed a PhD from Manchester University through Cliff College on the historiography of the Primitive Methodist creation narrative. He is a tutor with the Methodist E-Academy, and a marker and MA supervisor at Cliff College, where he also contributes teaching to the Summer School programme in Wesleyan Studies. He is also a part time tutor for the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education. He is passionate about mission and evangelism, Nonconformist church history and theological education.
Among other things he enjoys reading, 60s folk music, Warwickshire County Cricket and Birmingham City F.C.
Learning & Development Officer – full-time | Nigel Pimlott | 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, most notably Youth Work After Christendom, Glimpses, and Embracing the Passion. He currently lives in a village near Newark where he is involved in his local church and community. He is married to Sue, who is a headteacher, and enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, listening to music and supporting Manchester City. His MA examined models of participation and his PhD considered faith-based youth work and social policy, exploring the principles of human flourishing and the common good.
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