Modular Training Scheme

The Modular Training Scheme, organised by the Training Action Group, gathers leadership training in one place. Whether you hold an Officer role in your congregation, run discussion/children’s groups or simply want to learn more about Unitarianism, there’s a course for you.

These modules will be certificated by the LLSG (local leadership support group) so that participants can build up a training portfolio. We intend to offer courses in response to demand from local groups so please do get in touch to let us know which modules would be particularly useful to you or other members of your congregation. Contact LLSG.

Foundation level modules:

1. Worship Studies

This course provides practical skills for leading services and Unitarian thought. Its foundation step is part of the Modular Training Scheme. These study courses are well-established with many Unitarians receiving training to help develop their skills in leading services and discussing Unitarian principles. There are several levels through which to progress. The Worship Studies Course (WSC) prepares students for conducting worship and lay preaching. It can be an intermediate course for Lay Pastor or Ministerial training. The Unitarian Studies Course (USC) gives students increasing personal knowledge and understanding of the Unitarian and Free Christian movement. Download a prospectus here.

2. Training for Local Leadership

Learn about governance, the roles of officers and committees, and the day–to–day running of congregations.

3. Foundations of Unitarianism

An introduction to the General Assembly, Unitarian theology, and history.

4. Facilitation and Group Life

Skills for engagement group facilitation and beyond.

5. Children, Young People & Intergenerational

A four day course introducing participants to key issues and skills involved in working with children, young people and intergenerational groups covering the following areas:

    Introduction to working with these different groups, including publicity, setting ground rules (group agreements), safeguarding, health and safety, planning schemes of work and using RE curriculums.
    Creating child–friendly worship and running RE activities in congregations, including Sunday morning programmes.
    Encouraging participation in worship, creating youth led services and leading youth work.
    How to use the Intergen programme, learn about the Bright Lights case study and explore the main issues and challenges of intergenerational work.

6. Rites of Passage

A course for lay leaders interested in conducting child namings/baptisms, weddings and funerals.

7. Pastoral Care

This course can be taken as a basic one day course, with an extra two follow up and development days, and a day on bereavement adding up to a certificated four day course (with assignments). It is designed to help congregations without professional leadership meet the pastoral needs of the congregation. The basic day covers clarification of the needs and experience of participants, skill needed for pastoral care and organisation of pastoral care. Subsequent days develop listening skills and explore issues brought up by the participants as well as further input from trainers. Another optional day will deal with bereavement and loss.