The role of the Learning Network is to equip and resource the Church through a wide range of contextually relevant learning and development opportunities. Sharing responsibility with others within the Connexional Team and key stakeholders within the districts, circuits and churches.
The Learning Network's work is developed from what comes out of the Conference, and what comes up from the grassroots of the regions. The Learning Network works together connexionally, on national projects such as 3Generate, and in regional teams, in delivering regional training and learning events such as Supervision and Positive Working Together. Each officer of the regional teams is aligned to a district to allow the teams to better listen, communicate and respond on a district and circuit level.
Priorities for learning and development are established through regional Learning & Development Forums. The aim of each Learning & Development Forum is to support circuits in being places of lifelong learning and sharing, so as to encourage and inspire Methodist people in all aspects of Our Calling. This includes worship, caring, service and evangelism, in response to God's love. This enables us to live out our discipleship so that the love of God can be made known.
The Learning Network comprises of eleven Learning Network regions and the Chester & Stoke-on-Trent District is part of the North West & Mann Region. Each region has a regional coordinator and a team of Learning & Development Officers with a variety of specialist skills, each of whom works across the region and wider network, but are also aligned to a District. The Director of Regional Learning & Development coordinates the work of the regions with support from the senior administrator.
A link to the North West & Mann Learning Network webpage is here: www.methodist.org.uk/nwm