Trin­ity Col­lege un­veils School of Lead­er­ship

The Church of England - - FEATURE -

This au­tumn, Trin­ity Col­lege has un­veiled a new School of Lead­er­ship, run in part­ner­ship with CPAS, the Angli­can evan­gel­i­cal mis­sion agency.

The pro­gramme takes Trin­ity Col­lege stu­dents through top­ics in four ar­eas: lead­ing your­self, lead­ing oth­ers, lead­ing change, and lead­ing mis­sion. The au­tumn term’s ses­sions in­cluded ‘What do we mean by “leader”‘, ‘Un­der­stand­ing who you are as a leader’, and ‘De­vel­op­ing a Christ-like char­ac­ter’.

The pri­mary teach­ers for the pro­gramme are the Rev James Lawrence, who is Lead­er­ship Prin­ci­pal at CPAS, and the Rev Ian Parkin­son, who from Jan­uary 2016 will be Lead­er­ship Spe­cial­ist in The­o­log­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion at CPAS.

“This School of Lead­er­ship sets us apart as a col­lege re­spond­ing to the chal­lenge of the cur­rent mis­sion con­text and tak­ing se­ri­ously our stated aim to ‘shape lead­ers of Christ-like char­ac­ter in com­mu­nity for a mis­sional church’,” ex­plains Prin­ci­pal Emma Ineson.

“For some years now our stu­dents have been ask­ing for more time for ded­i­cated lead­er­ship train­ing and de­vel­op­ment, along­side their ex­ist­ing study pro­grammes. The School of Lead­er­ship gives us the op­por­tu­nity to delve deep into im­por­tant is­sues. The peo­ple lead­ing the ses­sions and pro­vid­ing in­put will be skilled, ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers, spe­cially cho­sen for their ex­per­tise in the ar­eas un­der study.’

“This has been a real life­line of prac­ti­cal wis­dom in lead­ing well,” says sec­ond-year or­di­nand Trev Mear­don. “It is down-to-earth but still the­o­log­i­cal in its ap­proach to min­istry. It is an amaz­ing part of the Trin­ity pro­gramme and one of the most valu­able as­pects of prac­ti­cal train­ing for or­di­na­tion in the church. With­out it I be­lieve we would be less well equipped to face the chal­lenges of full-time min­istry.”

Sec­ond-year or­di­nand Jo Purle agrees: “I feel pas­sion­ate about be­ing trained not just to ‘main­tain’ or ‘help keep afloat’ the Angli­can Church, but to be a dy­namic leader who senses where God is lead­ing. I want to have the courage to lead a church for­ward, ex­plor­ing new ways of be­ing (and do­ing) church, and learn­ing to­gether in au­then­tic com­mu­ni­ties of faith. The School of Lead­er­ship is de­signed to help ad­dress this need.”

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