Ephesians 4:12 instructs us to equip and train those who are doing the ministry. Another word we use is “discipleship”. This is a form of apprenticeship. Everyone gets to play which means we want to train you not just spiritually but also in life skills and life-craft. To help you find your gifting and your passion and equip you to grow as a follower of Jesus. This is one of our priorities as a church.
We have a vision to see Leeds Vineyard "inspired for life & equipped to serve". As a community of faith, we love to see people inspired to live life to the full.
We have lots of resources to help with small group leadership.
Inspired for life
As we serve one another and our communities, our hope is that we each have a faith grounded in the gospel and directed towards Jesus. We long to see God pervade every area of our lives and this means intentionally teaching, training and equipping the church for living life following Jesus.
Equipped to serve
Alongside a firm grounding in their faith, we want to work hard at equipping people in loving and serving others. As we have encountered Jesus, we want to see others firmly pointed in the direction of Jesus, put back on the rails, revived, renewed, refreshed and inspired to live life to the fullest for God's glory. We long to see an ever increasing culture of self-sacrificial servant-hearted love in action through each one of us. We want to see a community filled with joy as they serve unreservedly, live with integrity, worship passionately and give generously.
A key part of the Vineyard strategy is to invest in developing leaders. At Leeds Vineyard we encourage emerging and current leaders to embark on the Servant Leadership School course which is one of our small groups. A pre-requisite for being invited onto this course is to go on Discovering Vineyard. For more information contact Matt & Anne Button.
Leeds is one of the VCUK&I national Hub training centres. The aim of the Hub training programme is to develop pioneering leadership. Whether that be those who God is calling to plant new churches, or those God is raising up within existing churches to be key members of pastoral staff teams or even successional senior pastors. Hub aims to create an environment for people to intentionally train and continue on their journey of pursuing and stepping into all that God is calling them to. Hub training is viewed as a 2 year programme depending on your level of calling and experience. For more information contact Ian & Hannah Ripping.
Servant Leadership School
If you are interested in theological training:
Leeds School of Theology
St Hild's Theological College