For twenty weeks (with a break at Christmas), the team study together in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They also share ministry together during some of the four-day weekends.
What is the full-time Cor Deo training programme and ministry team?
A small group of men are invited to join the mentors for an intensive full-time programme of study and ministry. The next full-time programme will run from September 2016, to March 2017.
How does it work?
A mentored team: Cor Deo follows Jesus’ model of formation, study and ministry in the context of a mentored team.
Study together: The unique relational setting allows for intensive Bible study, as well as in-depth examination of theology, church history and contemporary issues. Cor Deo integrates theory with practice to develop participants in preaching, teaching, pastoral ministry, evangelism and leadership.
Minister together: Ministry is not just a subject to be studied, but an experience to be shared. Participating in Cor Deo allows participants to pursue their own ministry interests and join the mentors in their various ministries, building up the church in the UK and overseas.
Grow together: The combination of study and ministry in a team context allows for a major emphasis on spiritual formation. The small group setting is a uniquely conducive environment for life to life mentoring and personal spiritual growth.
Who is it for?
Central to Cor Deo is a conviction that God’s triune love – as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – gives us a wonderful model for human relationships and ministry. Combining study and ministry in a relational setting, Cor Deo is for those with a heart for God, and a passion for ministry:
- Ideal preparation for those heading on to theological training
- Unique training for lay ministry in the UK and abroad
- Excellent opportunity for a missionary or minister taking a study break
What is the syllabus?
Each day begins with a 45-minute community session, followed by the morning study session, lunch, then the afternoon study session. Here is a brief overview of each day:
Community Prayer – A session to feedback on the previous weekend, and anticipate forthcoming ministry, in order to bathe all aspects of Cor Deo ministry in prayer.
God’s Story (morning session) – We trace key features and themes of the biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation, watching God in action in order to know Him and follow Him.
Sharing God’s Heart (afternoon session) – We introduce six primary areas of ministry, engaging them in light of biblical and theological study, in order to equip participants for ministry that shares God’s heart. (Areas of focus: preaching, leadership, pastoral counselling, evangelism, missions, and family ministry.)
Community Reports – A session of response to God’s Word. We participate in the contagious dynamic of sharing personal Bible reading highlights in order to respond to God’s Word together.
Reading God’s Heart (morning session) – We engage key sections of Scripture using both close examination and thematic analysis in order to grow in our ability to read the Bible accurately, affectively and effectively.
Various (afternoon session) – We will typically offer two shorter sessions that may be introduction to a specific Bible book, introduction to an aspect of systematic theology, or a guided discussion that will allow the team to apply lessons gained in biblical and theological study to immediate concerns of life, faith, culture and spirituality.
Community Life – A session to bring faith to life. Each week a short presentation and discussion is brought “from the heart of the mentors.” This is followed by a time of team prayer.
Church Story (morning session) – We trace the development of the church in three primary streams (scholastic, mystical and Augustinian) in order to understand how the church engaged her faith over time and how present differences were formed.
Mentored Personal Study (afternoon session) – Each participant defines a study project which they pursue, with guidance from a mentor, during the entirety of the Cor Deo programme. The primary areas for personal study are biblical/exegetical, theological/historical, or applied theology/ministry studies. Participants meet individually with their mentor during this afternoon session.
Questions About Participating in Cor Deo
Who? If you are interested in joining the Cor Deo training programme in 2016, please contact us with an informal enquiry. A typical participant will have a university degree (any subject) and/or significant life experience. Previous Bible school training is not required, neither does it preclude you from joining the programme. The ability to commit to full-time study and ministry between September and March 2016-17 is vital.
What if I am currently overseas? Please note that Cor Deo is not able to assist in getting UK visas for participants, so the programme is probably limited to EU passport holders.
How much will it cost? Our desire is that nobody be precluded from participating due to costs. There is a suggested donation to participate in Cor Deo (contact us for details), which does not include living expenses during the programme. We are able to offer suggestions for accommodation for those that need it (shared rental or lodging, etc.) International travel is optional and costs involved are not reflected in the suggested donation.
What next? Please get in touch and begin the conversation about the possibility of participating in Cor Deo. It would be great to have you join us for an Intensive if you are able to do so. Please drop us an email or give us a call and introduce yourself.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions related to the training programme of Cor Deo.