Topic outline

  • The EM2 Programme

    EM2 is the Education for Ministry Phase 2 period of learning for Ministers of Word and Sacraments and Church Related Community Workers in the United Reformed Church.  The programme is arranged over three years, with three core sources of support - your EM2 Pastoral Advisor, your Synod Training Officer or other EM2 Officer and the Assembly arranged programme. More details are in the EM2 Guidelines in the EM2 Overview section of URCLE.

    This section outlines the Assembly programme which consists of a range of physical and digital events. 

    You are encouraged to participate in Assembly arranged events. If, however, your particular ministry will require specific training, or you feel confident in the skills an EM2 event may provide, alternative EM2 events may be arranged.  In this case, you enter a dialogue with your EM2 Pastoral Advisor, your Synod Training (or other relevant) Officer and if needed, the Assembly EM2/3 Officer.  Budget allocated to the Assembly arranged programme can be applied to alternative learning events.


    NOTE: the dates in the below cohort documents may or have changed due to Covid-19 response.  Please see each event's details to ensure that you have the correct dates.  The End of Year One Reflection has been merged with the Summer Conference and will be held on the Summer Conference date. 

  • New Ministers' Conference

    The New Ministers' Conference is designed for those who are recently ordained and commissioned, as well as for those who might not be in post, but have an agreed pastorate or project.  It is a time when new ministers meet and become part of the EM2 cohort, and when new ministers learn about the resources and support available from that organised around Church House. This day will be a digital event, gathering in departmental and committee staff to share information about their work. 

    It is an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues, to meet those who serve the whole URC from the offices in Church House and around the UK and to understand how the work of the URC is shared through departments. 

    The next New Ministers' Conference will be: 

    4th November 2020 via a Zoom meeting.

    • Annual Conference

      The Annual Conference takes place every summer, usually in June, at one of our URC Resource Centres for Learning. 

      This conference is for those in every EM2 Cohort and is a combination of retreat, networking, worship, Bible study and some topical reflection.  Its purpose is to enable and encourage colleagues to meet and support one another, whilst being held in welcome rest and reflection.  Where possible it is an overnight event, starting with refreshments on the Friday and ending at teatime on the Saturday.  It is recommended that minsters have the Sunday of that weekend as a break, but this is not a requirement. 

      The Annual Summer Conference in 2021 will be held at Westminster College, Cambridge, from 11:00 on Friday 25th June to 16:00 on Saturday 26th June. 

      • Making Peace with Conflict

        Disagreement and conflict in the church are inevitable. However, it is our response to conflict that is critical. Most Christians want to find better ways to engage with one other in the midst of conflict, and to learn how to handle conflict constructively. This weekend is to give ministers a taste of developing constructive conflict management skills and is led by Bridge Builders and an experienced URC minister. The training concentrates on equipping ministers to understand conflict better and to function more effectively in the midst of it, as well as understanding how God inspires us to use conflict creatively.

        This course is run every other year for ministers in years 2 or 3 of EM2.

        The next course takes place on Zoom on 10, 17 and 31 March 2021.  There will be three Zoom events, each from 10:00 to 13:00 with a break, covering the nature of conflict in churches; personal response to conflict, and practical tips.  In between each week, there will be guided reflective activity; one between 10-17 March, and two between 17-31 March.

        NOTE: this course has changed original dates and location in response to Covid-19