Grow Lay Learning Courses

Grow: Equipping God’s People to Serve with Joy

Grow is an exciting new series of courses designed to enable people to grow in their faith and service to God and the church.

Every follower of Jesus is called into ministry. That word often makes us think of people who stand at the front of church and do particular jobs, but as St Paul writes: “There are different kinds of working but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God working.” (1 Corinthians 12:6)

To help you explore this, the Diocese of Exeter has created a suite of online courses that provide basic learning in a number of different roles. You may have completed the Foundations in Christian Ministry (FiCM) course and are wondering what to do next, or you may just be starting your learning journey.  You may be fulfilling a really vital role in your local church, or you may have been asked to think about where you can use your time and energy in a local context. The Grow series of learning aims to help you with those things.

Want to share the Grow Course with others? Download a flyer here.

Download the 2023 Autumn courses flyer.

There are no prior requirements for these courses.

When are the next sessions running?

Preaching – Wednesday 15th, 22nd, 29th November and 6th, 13th December 7.30 – 9pm. Please click here for Introduction to Preaching – Course Description

2024 – Future Courses

Leading informal Worship  – Wednesday 10th and 17th January 2024 7.30 – 9pm. Please click here for Informal Worship overview

Pastoral Care- Wednesday 21st & 28th February, 6th & 13th March 2024 7:30-9pm.

Stewardship Advocates Grow course – Early ‘24

We are currently working on dates for our future GROW pages and will update this page accordingly.

The courses will be taking place in the evenings starting at 7:30pm, via Zoom

Leading From The Front is available now as a downloadable course –

And then later on, Grow courses include…

  • Growing in Prayer
  • Preaching
  • Carbon Literacy
  • Leading Small Groups
  • Leading from the Front
  • Introduction to Liturgy
  • Digital Ministry
  • Sharing Our Faith
  • Children, Young People and Schools
  • Pastoral Care
  • Stewardship Advocates

Dates to follow. Please email if you’d like to be informed when dates are available.

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GROW: Leading informal Worship

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Who do I contact to find out more?

Jon Curtis, our Lay Discipleship Project Manager, is organising the training courses. Email Jon

Is there anyone I should discuss this with before I book a place?

We strongly encourage you to speak to your church leader or another Christian leader at the beginning of this journey. It is important to note that completion of these courses does not guarantee a role at the end; the learning itself will support your journey as a disciple, but your local church may well want to use you for the mission of the Church.

You may be also be considering whether you are being called to ordained ministry. Find out more here. Another option is Reader Ministry which is a role that is highly trained, and is a Licensed voluntary position. Learn more here.

What is Foundations in Christian Ministry?

Foundations in Christian Ministry is a year-long course (run over seven Saturdays) for anyone who would like to learn about the Bible in more depth, explore different ways of worshipping and find out how you can make a difference in your church and local community. It is a great way to connect with other Christians from across Devon. It takes place on Saturdays once a month and involves as much or as little personal study as you can manage. Find out more