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WLP in a Year

The Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year scheme is designed for those wishing to become local preachers in the Methodist Church. The programme allows students to complete the ‘explore’ sessions of all eight modules of the WLP course in a structured way within one year. This is based around five residential schools (three weekends and two weeks) at Cliff College. This course will next run from autumn 2024.

WLP Year student group

The Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year programme is designed specifically for those wishing to become Local Preachers in the Methodist Church. The scheme allows students to complete the ‘Explore’ sessions of all eight modules of the WLP course in a structured way within one year. This is based around two residential weekends and one residential week (the WLP Summer School) at Cliff College. This is supplemented by four online Zoom weekends (shared with WLP Explore Online).

During the residential weekends and weeks, sessions will be based around the 'Explore' material in the Worship: Leading & Preaching course, and will assume that students have completed the 'Prepare' sections prior to the gatherings. Opportunities for discussion about building portfolios and other aspects of the course will also be available, and we will share worship and fellowship together. The study weekends, and also the larger gatherings at the WLP Summer Schools, are a great opportunity to meet with others from around the country who are also in training.

Between teaching blocks, students engage with the extensive online self-study resources. They need the active support of their local circuit, including a local tutor and mentor, and the required opportunities to preach and lead worship whilst on note and on trial. Please read through the timetable and the student and circuit responsibilities ahead of submitting your application.

Participant students need to be disciplined and self-motivated, prepared to work independently and to have a good working relationship with their local circuits, who are a key part of their training. They will need to be registered as Local Preachers in training with the Connexional Local Preachers office of the Methodist Church, attend all teaching on-site at Cliff College, and have the ability to make full payment to the College.

A breath of fresh air. An opportunity to engage with others from very different contexts and journey together. The quality of teaching and exceptional experience provided by the tutors has been fantastic. A brilliant learning experience and opportunity to grow my faith and skills.


This is a brilliant course in so many ways: the relevant resources, the flexibility, the fellowship and the opportunity to grow in God and be equipped with the practical skills and theological knowledge to respond to and develop my calling. The study weekends are invaluable. Yes, it is an ambitious undertaking to complete this course in a year, but with God’s grace and strength, I’ll get there!


Be prepared to grow in the Spirit.


The tuition and guidance - and the splendid company and support of the participants - made it so worthwhile and filled me with renewed enthusiasm for the study we need to do.


Students will need to attend seven teaching blocks through the year, four online and three onsite at Cliff College.

The cost of £800.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single study en-suite accommodation for the two WLP weekends and the WLP Summer School week. This inclusive price is a special reduced price for the WLP in a Year scheme. We are grateful to The Methodist Church for subsidising part of the overall cost of this key training.

Example dates and timetable

Please note that the course will not run in 2023-24, and these dates are given as examples of how a timetable might look. A timetable for 2024-25 will be available in due course.

6-8 October (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)Residential weekend at Cliff College
24-25 November (Friday evening and all day Saturday)Zoom
12-13 January (Friday evening and all day Saturday)Zoom
1-2 March (Friday evening and all day Saturday)Zoom

26-28 April (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)

Residential weekend at Cliff College
7-8 June (Friday evening and all day Saturday)Zoom
29 July-2 August (Monday morning - Friday lunchtime)Residential week at Cliff College

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To enquire about the WLP in a Year programme, please contact us on or call us on 01246 584200.