The Union of Welsh Independents and the Welsh Independents’ Theological College have cooperated for many years in order to provide the churches and their members with education and training.
The aims of both institutions are very similar – to serve the churches and provide them with the means to fulfill their mission. Some success has already been achieved through working together. A number of people have been ordained into the ministry, others have become preachers, and at the time of writing, ten have been commissioned by their congregations as lay leaders.
There are two types of training.
- Formal training for those wishing to enter the Christian ministry, or who want to be accredited as Lay Preachers. It is the College that provides this training and those interested in registering for a course should contact the South Wales Training Coordinator, the Revd Aled Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Informal training aimed at providing church members with a better understanding of the Christian faith, of the nature of the church, of outreach and mission, of the duties of church officers, and other similar topics. It is the Union that provides this category of training and those interested in organising or arranging such courses should contact the General Secretary, the Revd Dyfrig Rees, by either sending an e-mail to email@example.com or telephoning the office at Tŷ John Penri in Swansea on 01792-795888.
Education and training will be major themes in Union activities during the next few years as churches regroup and prepare themselves for outreach into their communities. Without training we will be unable to engage with people outside the churches. We are at best conscious of our insufficiency, but if we lack the tools to accomplish the task that is ahead of us, we will be seen to be inefficient and unprepared as well.