A number of opportunities to train as a ‘worship leader’ have arisen as a result of an innovative new course, launched on Tuesday 1st September and developed in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland.

Rev. Dr. Edmond Gatima

Rev. Dr. Ken Jeffrey

Rev. Dr. Edmond Gatima, convenor of the Ministries and Resourcing Mission and Discipleship committee (MRMDC) and Rev. Dr. Ken Jeffrey from the Centre for Ministry Studies at the University of Aberdeen have worked together to bring this about. Ken said, ‘There has been a vision to strengthen the relationship between the academy and the church and the need to equip worship leaders with the knowledge and skills to lead worship in churches was identified through the Presbytery plan.’

This course is being piloted with the support of the Church of Scotland and will be extended to other denominations following evaluation of this pilot. Courses on ‘preaching’ and ‘pastoral care’ are also being developed.

Edmond said, ‘The Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland has been always keen to see such training taken place within the Presbytery. That is why at the very heart of the proposed presbytery plan was the necessity of MRMDC and Planning & Deployment Committee (PDC) to recognise that “Presbytery must urgently consider how to organise and invest in training of lay people in our churches to share in the leadership and task of mission and ministry and organise such training at a local level rather than depend on the national agencies of the Church.” Today we are delighted to say that such training has already been set up. We wish all our students the blessing of God as they undertake this training and their future service to the Presbytery and indeed, to God and his Church’.

The course consists of six x 2hr evening sessions and will include lectures, group discussion and the opportunity to participate in the preparation of worship services. It will be delivered in a ’hybrid’ manner with some students coming into the MacRobert building and others studying online from home. The assessment will consist of a 500 word reflective piece and students will be asked to keep a reflective journal.

One  of the students said after the first session, ‘This course, encouraging as it does, wider participation of members in worship leading and ultimately, preaching, is vital to the future health of the Church of Scotland’ (George McLeod).

We thank everyone who has volunteered to take part in this course wish them every blessing. We especially pray for: Sarah Aitken (Stockethill Church); Kathryn Buchan (Newhills Parish Church) Elizabeth Gatima (Torry St Fitticks); Kathleen Kennedy (Oldmachar); Morag Ledgerwood (Stockethill Church)  George McLeod (Oldmachar); Richard Neilson (Oldmachar); Vanda Noble (Stockethill Church); Helen M Cruddis (Whalsay Church); Deborah Lamb (Shetland); Katherine Morrison  (St Columba’s Church,  Lerwick); Michele Simms (Parish Planning Worker– Shetland)

Are you interested to learn more about opportunities at the University of Aberdeen?

Check these conferences:

  • In collaboration with the North East Presbyteries: ‘Church in the 21st Century’ Saturday 9th October 10-4pm with Reverend Dr Julie Gittoes, Vicar of St Mary’s and Christ Church (Hendon) Professor Tom Greggs, Marischal Chair of Divinity University of Aberdeen.
  • This Conference planned for 9th Oct has been postponed to Spring 2022
  • The Aberdeen Academy of Theology- Led by Prof John Behr: ‘Unveiling Scripture’ Saturday 2 October: From the Bible to Scripture: Lifting the Veil; Saturday 6 November: John, Genesis, and Irenaeus: Becoming Human;  Saturday 4 December: Mother and Bride: The Church

Centre for Ministry Studies- University of Aberdeen

Contact joel.pierce@abdn.ac.uk 01224 272138 for more details and registration