Learning Network Regions were replaced with a brand new Learning Network Team covering the whole of the Connexion on 1 September 2023.
The role of the Learning Network is to equip and resource the Church through a wide range of contextually relevant learning and development opportunities. You can download our latest Learning Development opportunities here and sign up to our events. The Learning Network shares responsibility with others within the Connexional Team and key stakeholders within the districts, circuits and churches. The work of the Learning Network is developed from what comes out of Conference, including the Connexional strategies across the team, and what comes up from the grassroots of the districts. The Learning Network works together Connexionally on national projects such as 3Generate, as well as delivering training and facilitating learning events such as Supervision and Positive Working Together.
Priorities for learning and development are considered through the Connexional Learning & Development Forum. These are a mix of locally (church, circuits and district) requested work areas alongside conference/Connexional work areas, with a view to enabling districts and circuits in being places of lifelong learning and sharing. Our priorities are also rooted in all aspects of Our Calling, to inspire and equip people for a Methodist Way of Life - growing as followers of Jesus through our worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism, so that the love of God can be made known in all we do as an inclusive, justice-seeking and evangelistic church.
You'll find lots of information about learning events and opportunities here.
Sign up for the Learning & Development Newsletter here (link is bottom of the page).
Join the Learning Network Facebook Group to share, discuss and learn more.
Each District has an aligned Learning & Development Officer (LDO). The aligned officer role is one element of an LDO's work as a member of the Learning Network and wider Connexional team. They may also have specialist skills and knowledge, which may be drawn on through the shared work plan. Through alignment they will:
The aligned Learning & Development officer for the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District is Simon Sutcliffe. Simon's contact details are email@example.com and 07799 902578.
There are six Learning & Development Managers (LDM) working with the Head of Ministries and Learning to manage the Learning Network, who are also part of the new Lead Managers group within the Connexional Team. Each LDM has responsibility for some of the L&D Officers.
The Learning & Development Manager for the North West Staff Group is Alison Ransome. Her contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org 07799 900474