April 2022 - trip to Sierra Leone
In early April 2022 Andrew Stobart, Matt Hartley and Kathryn Young visited the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone (MCSL) and the College of Theology and Management and Church Training Centre. They met with the Conference/Connexional Team, the College and mission partners Rachel and Sylvester Deigh.
The visit had been long awaited to follow up a development strategy along with All We Can as Cliff seeks to support MCSL with their training needs. It was a good visit, with time seeking to understand, hearing the requests and working through practicalities of support that Cliff College is able to deliver on.
Over the next three years Cliff hopes to co-design a contextually appropriate training curriculum for lay and ordained roles in MCSL, train initial cohorts of lay pastors, lay preachers and ministers, and train and equip the MCSL to create and deliver vocational training. Cliff's next visit to Sierra Leone to continue this partnership will be in autumn 2022.
Clockwise from top left: Freetown in Sierra Leone; Andrew Stobart with the Bishop, Administrative Bishop and lay Vice-President of the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone; St Augustine's new church building in Freetown; Andrew Stobart with Rachel and Sylvester Deigh, MCB Mission Partners in Sierra Leone; the entrance to the College of Theology and Management and Church Training Centre in Freetown.
New Cliff College programme - Foundations for Mission and Ministry
A new programme from Cliff College, the Foundations for Mission and Ministry (launching in September 2022) will prepare and equip people to serve God inside and outside the church.
February 2022 - visit to Harare, Zimbabwe
In February, Ashley Cooper, Andrew Stobart and Kathryn Young visited Cliff College's partners in Zimbabwe to renew face to face relationships after the Covid travel restrictions.
Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre receives AHRC grant
The grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will fund research around the theme of 'Abusing God: Reading the Bible in the #MeToo Age'.
The Cliff College Trek: 11-14 April 2022
Join Cliff College as they retrace the route of the last Cliff Trek from 1960. In partnership with the Lancashire Methodist District, the Trek will start in Leyland and finish in Morecambe.