Westminster College, Cambridge; Walking the way into the future

These are exciting times full of new opportunities for all of us. Here at Westminster College, Cambridge, as we look to further develop our role as a Resource Centre for Learning, we’ve created the new role of Director of Church Resource Development – and here I am! We want Westminster to offer relevant courses for today’s church here at the college and be available to work alongside you, sharing the love of Christ where you are.

As part of our commitment to embracing different ways of expressing faith we’ve recently opened our beautiful Art Studio, located in the college grounds here in Cambridge, beside the Prayer Labyrinth, which adds a creative space for quiet reflection or safe messy area for getting the paints out and having fun! Faith is expressed in many different ways and we are looking to provide the space and opportunities for you to explore.


Our new additions complement our freshly refurbished building, stunning chapel, wonderful meeting spaces and great hospitality at prices that may pleasantly surprise you. We can cater for groups great and small from hosting church weekends, URC Synod events, small committee away days or simply a guided retreat week. We have an excellent chance for deep reflection and personal study called “In the Company Of” (you can read more about that at our website) ideal for a quiet reading week or as part of a ministerial sabbatical.

Alongside our full and part time students training for ministry we run numerous courses, such as Quiet Days, themed Biblical conferences, residential Lay Preacher weeks and can provide some exciting interfaith conversations all aimed at feeding and building faith and resourcing people for service and ministry. We are working on some all age events for 2018 and our teaching staff can be found at churches up and down the country, sharing their knowledge and experiences in a variety of ways. We’re seeking to build a resource area on our website for anyone to access which we envisage will host a selection of worship resources. And of course, if you call or email us, we offer reduced B&B rates for Church members if you’d simply like to visit Cambridge!

As we look to further develop our role as a Resource Centre for Learning for the United Reformed Church we are aiming to offer new and varied opportunities for everyone. I would welcome the chance to have a conversation with you to discuss how Westminster might play its part in serving you, your churches and the Synods.

You can reach me, Revd Peter Ball, on pb694@cam.ac.uk or call our Reception team on 01223 33 06 30.

News Announcement: Appointment of Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine

Following interviews which took place in April, Westminster College are delighted to announce the the appointment of Revd Dr Robert Pope to succeed Revd Dr John Bradbury as Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine. Robert is currently Reader in Theology and Joint Head of School at the University of Wales. Our Principal, Rev Neil Thorogood, says;

“We are deeply grateful for everything John Bradbury has contributed to Westminster College, The Cambridge Theological Federation and the wider church, and we wish him well for future ministry, and whilst we are sorry to see him go, we are excited to welcome Robert and look forward to all Robert will bring when he joins us this Summer.”

News Announcement: Appointment of Director of Church Resource Development

Following interviews which took place from 24th to 25th April, Westminster College is delighted to announce that we have appointed Rev Peter Ball, currently Training and Development Officer of the URC Churches Eastern Synod, to be the first ever Director of Church Resource Development at Westminster College, Cambridge.  Our Principal, Rev Neil Thorogood, says;

“We are delighted to have been able to create this exciting new post to develop Westminster’s work with the wider Church and local congregations.  Peter Ball is well suited to this task and brings many gifts and much experience that we value, and we look forward to welcoming him to Westminster and to working with him in the years to come.”

Interview time…

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April see us holding interviews for the Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine.

As many of you will be aware, Revd Dr John Bradbury has accepted a call to be the new minister at Emmanuel, Duxford and Whittlesford URC. He has served at Westminster College and the Cambridge Theological Federation for almost 10 years and will be sorely missed when he vacates his position here at Westminster later in the summer.

We are therefore seeking a new member of teaching staff to fill his role as and the Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine. The candidates arrived yesterday afternoon and have joined with the community here until later today.

Please hold John, the candidates, and the interview panel in your thoughts and prayers as we seek to discern Gods will.

Two exciting new vacancies…

Westminster College is excited to announce two full time job vacancies within the teaching staff team.

 

Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine

Following the move of the current post holder to a URC pastorate we look to appoint a new Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine.

This is a General Assembly appointment to Westminster College. It is open to lay people and ordained ministers from within the United Reformed Church or from partner denominations within the World Council of Churches. Candidates will have already been awarded a relevant PhD or will be close to completion. You will be excited at joining Westminster in a role that connects Church history more generally to the doctrine and life of the Church, and you will have particular expertise in teaching the Reformed tradition and interests in connecting it to the roots and current realities of the United Reformed Church. Given Westminster’s wider role as one of the United Reformed Church‘s Resource Centres for Learning, you will also have gifts in bringing doctrine and history to life in local congregational settings and amongst lay people. You will be committed to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through our partner universities of Cambridge, Durham and Anglia Ruskin whilst being equally at home in delivering resources for local church events. You will relish sharing fully in Westminster’s worship and tutorial life, participating fully in our teaching staff team and playing a positive and active role within the wider ecumenical setting of the Cambridge Theological Federation within which Westminster finds its home.
For the complete application pack please visit our ‘working at Westminster’ page.
Applications close at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd March 2017.

 

Director of Church Resource Development

The Governors invite applications for the newly created post of Director of Church Resource Development.

This post, funded from within Westminster’s own resources, continues to build upon our wider Resource Centre for Learning work across the United Reformed Church. It is open to lay people and ordained ministers from within the United Reformed Church or from partner denominations within the World Council of Churches. You will have experience in delivering and developing training for church members, lay preachers, Elders and others in leadership within local congregations. You will be passionate about Christian discipleship in contemporary contexts and eager to help and encourage churches as they equip, sustain and develop their ministries and members. You will be enthusiastic in both responding to the direction set by the denomination and its Synods and a creative innovator able to identify new opportunities for Westminster’s service and work in these areas. You will have gifts in collaboration and will be keen to work not only with the teams at Westminster but with the wider networks of educators and enablers in posts across the denomination. You will not be expected to play more than an occasional part in the academic provision of the college through its undergraduate and postgraduate awards, or in the committees and structures of the Cambridge Theological Federation. But you will be expected to play a full part in the worship and formational life of Westminster. You will focus as much upon being available to deliver material and resources locally as in shaping events that bring people to Westminster. You will have gifts in developing resources for the web and of value to those who must access them at a distance. You will play a key role in helping us engage with and respond to wider United Reformed Church agendas and initiatives for discipleship and formation.
For the complete application pack please visit our ‘working at Westminster’ page.
Applications close at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd March 2017.