The ERTP Annual Forum was established to provide an opportunity for Church Leaders in the region to gather together with the Steering Group to discuss the work of the Training Partnership. Each year the Forum focused on a different area of ministry or training happening in the Region, with the expectation that members of local practitioner groups be invited along to partake in any discussions.
In 2017, the Forum agreed that ERTP should be dissolved and that less formal arrangements should continue to allow those engaged in resourcing ministry and mission to network and support each other.
To facilitate such networking, ERTP will support the launch of annual gatherings of practitioners and institutional leaders. The first of these, the Eastern Region Mission and Ministry Gathering, will be held at Bar Hill Church on Monday 5 March. The gathering will include a liturgy of thanksgiving for the work of ERTP and focus on the theme of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. It is anticipated that the Gathering will be open to interested people from local churches. If you would like to attend, please contact the ERTP administrator.
In 2016, the Annual Forum invited presentations on Mission Shaped Ministry and Fresh Expressions. Presentations were given by Ian Bell on Methodist Pioneering Pathways, by Simon Goddard on flexible delivery of MSM and by Mads Morgan and Jonathan Dowman on Pioneering in the Diocese of Leicester.
In 2015, the Annual Forum invited Bob Hoskins to give a presentation on the process of establishing and promoting Learning Communities. The Regional Interdenominational Learning Communities project was subsequently launched with the support of ERTP.
In 2014 the Annual Forum invited Nick Pavitt to launch the Journeying with God Facilitator Materials, an exciting 4 session training programme designed to help those who wish to be or who already are facilitators of Christian Groups to develop their skills. The materials are available for download: http://www.ertp.org.uk/index.php/resources.
Annual Forum 2014: Facilitator Training Materials Preview.
In 2013 the Annual Forum invited Dr Eeva John to give a presentation about the development of the Common Awards for ministerial training in the Church of England. The presentation is available for download: Common Awards presentation March 2013