Gloucester Foundations in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Offered by the Diocese of Gloucester and in partnership with Cuddesdon Gloucester & Hereford, this course is an opportunity to explore your sense of vocation. If you are already involved in some aspect of ministry – perhaps as a Pastoral Assistant or Worship Leader, as a member of an ‘Open the Book’ team, a PCC member or Churchwarden, or if you are someone who just wants to expand your understanding of Christian faith and life – this course could be what you have been looking for to learn more, deepen your connection with God and learn to live out your vocation with increased confidence.

This is a one year course, with teaching taking place on Thursday evenings from 7 - 10pm across three ten-week terms, meeting at St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester. The majority of learning takes place during the evening sessions through structured study, informal discussion and fellowship.



26 Sept - 24 Oct

Introducing Theological Reflection

An introduction to the practice of theological reflection, which underpins our approach to learning for discipleship and ministry.

7 Nov - 5 Dec

Elements of Ministry and Mission in Context

How the Church understands ‘the mission of God’, our shared priorities both nationally and in the Diocese of Gloucester, and some tools to help you contribute to your local church’s life and service.

9 Jan - 19 Mar

Introduction to the Bible

Developing the skills of biblical study and interpretation that will support you in a lifetime of Bible reading and in opening the Scriptures with others.

26 Mar - 14 May

Introduction to Preaching - optional

An opportunity to understand more about the process of preparing for and delivering a sermon. This will be of particular help for those who are exploring a call to ordained or Reader ministry. For those who opt not to take this module, we offer instead the option of supported independent study on a topic of your choice.

21 May - 25 Jun

Spirituality and Prayer

Explore wisdom from a range of Christian traditions about sustaining a life of discipleship and encounter some ancient practices of prayer.


For those undertaking the course on the recommendation of their parish priest, generous financial support is available from the Diocese of Gloucester’s Department of Mission and Ministry: in this case, the cost of the course to you is £60 per term. Independent students in other circumstances are charged a termly rate of £250.

For some people, joining the Foundation course may be part of a wider vocational journey, which involves exploring a call to ordained or licenced ministry in the Church of England. If you are beginning to sense a call to such a ministry, please contact the Revd Pauline Godfrey, Head of Discipleship and Vocations, or 01452 835548.

Please note that participation in the Foundations course does not of itself qualify students to exercise a particular ministry in the life of the Church. This remains a matter for local and diocesan discernment and authorisation as appropriate.

To Apply

Please contact the Course Administrator, Jane Cusworth, or 01452 874969.