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 is creating 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. 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.

Some of these sessions require you to have been part of FiCM (or an equivalent) first, while others stand alone. The schedule and breakdown of these courses are below:

Autumn 2020

  • Pastoral Care (4 evenings online 15/10, 22/10, 5/11, 12/11)
  • Leading Worship (5 evenings online 3/11, 10/11, 17/11, 1/12, 8/12) – requires FiCM or equivalent
  • Small Group Leadership (2 evenings online 3/12, 10/12)
  • Administration (2 evenings online 19/11, 26/11)

You can book in for these courses below.

January – March 2021

  • Children’s work
  • Stewardship
  • Preaching – requires FiCM or equivalent

If you would like to express an interest in attending one of these sessions please email us. We will contact you by early December to confirm the details.

April – July 2021

  • Pioneering – requires FiCM or equivalent
  • Youth work
  • Evangelism and Mission – requires FiCM or equivalent

If you would like to express an interest in attending one of these sessions please email us. We will contact you by early March to confirm the details.


Jon Curtis, Lay Discipleship Project Manager

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.

How do I book onto a course?

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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