Topic outline

  • The EM2 Programme

    EM2 is the Education for Ministry Phase 2 period of learning for Ministers of Word and Sacrament 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 explains the Assembly programme which consists of two courses in each year. Year 1 EM2 is the New Ministers' Conference and the End of Year One Reflection.

    Years 2 and 3 of EM2 include a summer conference every year and the Making Peace with Conflict course every other year. If, however, your particular ministry will require specific training, or you feel confident in the skills an EM2 course 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.

  • New Ministers' Conference

    The New Ministers' Conference is designed for those who are recently ordained or 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 based at Church House. This day of induction at Church House includes departmental presentations, lunch, and visits throughout Church House.

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

    The next New Ministers conference will be 

    4th November 2020 at Church House in London

    • End of Year One Reflection

      This weekend retreat is to support the process of reflecting on ministry - the reality - in the light of prior learning – and is about theological reflection in that new context of service. It is designed with spaces, with no rushing from meal to session, from session to meal. There are a range of reflection tools on offer, some will be new and some familiar. 

      The dates for the next End of Year One Reflection next year are

      July 2020 with a beginning conference call kicking off a few gentle weeks of conversations and reflections, ending with a conference call. Dates to be announced.

      • Annual Conference

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

        In addition to worship and colleague gathering, the focus of the conference is on Excitements and Issues arising in ministry.  This is a time for ministers to bring their own issues and the things which excite them about their ministry, to share with others and to see where God is calling particular ministries to develop.  

        The dates for the Annual Summer Conference are:

        June 3, 2020 - opening conference call

        June 3 - 24, 2020 - conversations, reflections

        June 24, 2020 - closing conference call

      • 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, a Mennonite organisation, 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:

        Friday 5th – Sunday 7th March 2021 at Wydale Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire