School of Ministry, UK
Our main Sunday service is 10:30am
Mill Street, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7EB

trainslideministryOur Mission: To equip the saints to function in their God given ministries through a competence-based approach to training and the practical application of God's word.

The Emmanuel School of Leadership and Ministry (ESOLM) is based on an innovative curriculum which includes a programme of interactive study combined with the practical application of God's word  in a student's daily life. Instead of a purely academic curriculum the ESOLM places emphasis on entering 'God's school' and learning to consistently trust in Him. The concept can be likened to the secular method of vocational studies where a trainee doesn't only acquire knowledge but also the practical skills to function in their role. From a Biblical perspective we recognise that Jesus didn't just call those with a scholarly interest in Christianity. Yes, He called those who were masters in theology like Paul and Nicodemus but He also called fisherman and tax collectors like Matthew and Simon-Peter. If the same is true today, we want to be flexible in our approach to give Christians of all backgrounds the opportunity to pursue their callings.

The programme is based around 2 distinct but connected tracks which present each candidate with the ability to balance acquired knowledge with applicable wisdom.

  • Knowledge Track: information, academic learning, dialogue, narrative.
  • Wisdom Track: competence, application of learning, growth, discipline. 

The Knowledge Track is a programme of ineractive and meditative study that introduces the student to Biblical truth through recognising the natural symmetry between story and theology.  The Wisdom Track aims to develop the practical application of Biblical truth and competence in the life and ministry of the student. This presents the opportunity for students to become 'doers of the word' (James 1:22) as they engage with God through obedience.

Due to the diversity of the callings of God some training elements are bespoke. The key outcome of training with ESOLM is that students are equipped for an exciting and sulfilling journey with God in life, leadership and ministry. Students who progress through ESOLM recieve a certificate of training and many receive ministerial accreditation within the Free Churches Group. Those that choose accreditation benefit from access to a vast network of ministries, chaplaincies and churches where they recieve mutual support, peer accountability and recognition as Christian leaders. ESOLM is also able to draw on our extensive network of ministry associates to assist trainees in continuing with the right training based on their specific calling. There are academic options for progression through our partner organisations, such as the School of Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity Degree by research. 

  • ESOLMlogoFinalPNG smallBased on the practical application of God's Word
  • Training up to recognised and fully accredited ministerial status
  • Open to Christians across the denominations
  • Training can be described as functional and vocational rather than solely academic
  • Parallel tracks - balancing knowledge with wisdom
  • Bespoke options based on a candidates calling

Please contact our office for further information.

*Next deadline for applications 2nd April 2019*