Discipleship and Training

New for 2020

Discipleship Training

Our exciting, easy-to-access new training is available for all who want to deepen their faith, grow in discipleship and develop the gifts God has given them in the service of the church. 

The training is open to all who want to learn more about their faith and also to those who want to develop in ministry. 

You don't need any formal qualifications to take any of the modules, just some good thinking and reflecting skills.

You can work towards a Certificate of Mission & Ministry by completing the whole course with assignments or you can simply do the modules for your own faith journey.

You can do one module or many, and you can start, stop for a while and then pick up again later. 

The training is modular, which simply means that you will spend 10 sessions looking at a particular subject (for example, the Bible or Pastoral Care or Mission and Evangelism etc). 

These 10 sessions make up one module.

You will do 7 of these sessions on your own in the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you and the other 3 sessions will be done with everyone on the module coming together at a church in the Diocese (you will be told where before you start the module). 

Modules start running in January 2020 and the cut off date for applications for the first module is 10th January 2020. 

Find out more and request an Information Pack from our new training website www.discipleship-training.org or contact the course Administrator, Fiona.bennett@derby.anglican.org.

Bishop writes

  • Archdeacon Christopher writes…
    Archdeacon Christopher writes…


    Last Advent Sunday I had the privilege of being present at the inauguration of a new diocese.  I was in Angola, on my fourth visit, to join the celebrations as the diocese of Angola became a full diocese, having shown extraordinary growth both in numbers and its engagement with the pressing problems of Angolan society since it became a missionary diocese in 2002.

    The inauguration service lasted almost five hours and was attended by nearly three thousand people in a, mercifully air-conditioned, conference centre.  You can get an idea of the enthusiasm of the event from the fact that the Bishop of Angola was able to give an interview on national television during the offertory procession!

    The new diocese is ambitious in its aspirations. Land has been secured for the building of a new cathedral and diocesan office, as well as housing, the rent from which will provide an income stream. There are also plans to build a theological college.  As the diocese presently covers the whole of a country five times the size of the UK, with all the logistical problems involved, there is also an urgent need to multiply. The intention is to divide Angola into four dioceses within the next few years.

    The diocese is equally ambitious in its vision.  This is ‘To have Angolan society evangelised and restored to human dignity’.  We, in our rather timid church, have much to learn from this forthright statement.  For evangelisation and human dignity and flourishing are, or ought to be, inseparable. And it doesn’t really matter where you start. At a conference about the Angolan churches’ leadership in the campaign to eradicate malaria, we were reminded that the churches’ involvement in healthcare is good in itself, rather than a device to get people into church.

    The experience in Angola is that a church which engages fully and accurately with what people are most concerned about will grow.  People come to the church through God’s activity, rather than the other way around.

    Please pray for the diocese of Angola and for its continued growth. To say that the challenges it faces in that country are almost overwhelming would be an understatement.  But we can be inspired by the faith and courage of our brothers and sisters there as they continue to tackle them.

    The Venerable Christopher Cunliffe
    Archdeacon of Derby

    Key Facts about the Diocese of Angola

    • The Diocese was founded in 2002, but before that, from 1990, it was an Archdeaconry of Lebombo.
    • Bishop André Soares was ordained Bishop in September 2003.
    • In 2019, there were 205 congregations with nearly 150,000 members.
    • The Ven. Christopher Cunliffe serves as a trustee for MANNA (Mozambique and Angola Anglican Association).

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