We have a variety of options for training for mission work in Scotland.
The Free Church offers a variety of training programmes through Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS), from youth work leadership to improving your general Biblical knowledge to full-time theological study. Courses are a mix of part and full-time study, with some also having the option of web-based distance learning. Of particular note is our popular Saturday part-time course – which regularly attracts around 100 students every year. For more details about ETS visit the website and browse their online prospectus: www.ets.ac.uk
In June 2014 the Free Church ran its first ever leadership bootcamp for those aged 16 to 30. The purpose of the bootcamp scheme is to equip young adults who are showing leadership potential to think biblically, serve diligently and lead effectively with a distinctly Christian lifestyle. The bootcamp is a three-year programme which aims to provide tools, training and relationships to equip the church with leaders for the future.
Porterbrook is a part-time course for the “everyday” Christian to develop their character, mission-focus and persuasive evangelism skills run by some of our ministers and congregations. Aimed at Christians of all ages and stages who want to serve the Gospel well and can give a few hours a week to study, Porterbrook provides biblical, practical, contextual, affordable and flexible training. There are currently regional groups in Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness. For more information check out the Porterbrook website: http://porterbrooknetwork.org/content/common/home/
Some of our bigger urban congregations offer apprenticeships as a way of testing young people's gifts for service. It is often an opportunity to support the existing work of discipleship and evangelistic mission for youth and emerging adults in congregations and out in the local communities. It can lead to further training and development in Christian ministry.
The Free Church organises a number of conferences which are designed to build up the skills of its members and ministers. The Positively Presbyterian conference is open to all interested in leadership positions, and we also organise our own ‘in-service’ training week for ministers each year. These resources are all designed to build people in the Christian faith for service.