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Bishop’s Commission for Mission

Bishop’s Commission for Mission

This programme has been developed to support the work of parishes and deaneries by equipping lay people for service. We aim to do this by giving participants the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their vocation more effectively, whilst at the same time giving them a bigger vision for how God might use them to bring in his kingdom.

BCM is not an academic training course but a programme of formation. It is strongly relational based. We believe everyone who attends will already have some wisdom and experience to share which the training will draw out and enhance

Those who complete the programme will have greater confidence in what they are doing and will be better equipped to bring a missional focus to bear on their area of ministry and their life. Many people today would not come near a church but will have contact with Christians. Through the BCM programme, we plan to equip people to share the love of Christ with those around them as they exercise their ministry.

BCM Programmes Summer 2023

We have three BCM programme streams beginning on 29th April 2023:

BCM Children and Youth Ministry

This is primarily for those who are leading any form of youth or children’s ministry in the church. The training will explore faith development in children and provide you with a range of creative ideas for building a strong ministry team.

BCM Pastoral

This programme aims to equip you to be pastoral in different contexts in the church and in the community.  It is about developing your skills and exploring your vocation to this ministry. Amongst the topic we will explore are listening skills, ageing well and bereavement

BCM Growing Faith

This is for those who have a passion to help others grow in their faith.  We will explore what being a disciple means and how disciples grow into maturity.  We will offer tools to use in a variety of contexts and give a vision for how the local church might help grow new disciples.

BCM Flyer Summer 2023 Download the summer term flyer here
BCM Application Form Summer 2023 Download an application form here

BCM Taster Evening – 29th March 2023

If you would like to find out more about BCM and the summer term’s programmes you are warmly invited to join us for a Taster Evening on Zoom on 29th March, 7pm – 8pm. We will be sharing about the content of the programmes and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have. To reserve a place and receive the zoom link contact:

Why take part in a programme through BCM? 

If you are a layperson who is involved in ministry in your local church or perhaps feeling a call from God to become more involved in ministry in your local church then BCM training might be for you. We aim to equip and inspire laypeople to become more confident in their service within their church and community, growing in understanding that you are indeed a valuable part of the mission of God in His world. We offer a range of programmes, which we vary term by term. Those coming next are listed below and you can get in touch with Wendy Atkinson via the form below to find out more details about any that interest you. Once you have completed the training and its requirements, you will be commissioned to that role in your benefice by the Bishop of Winchester at the annual Lay Ministries Service at the Cathedral.

Please let us know which course you’re interested in by using the contact form below.


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