Researching Learning Needs – Birmingham Churches Together Training

In 2008 the Trust undertook research into the learning and training needs of inner urban churches for Birmingham Churches Together Training, involving interviews with local church leaders and denominational representatives.

In 2008 St Peter’s Saltley Trust was commissioned by Birmingham Churches’ Together Training to undertake research into the learning and training needs of congregations in areas of Birmingham experiencing multiple deprivation. Research focused particularly on the level of need for church community projects to offer basic skills education courses, but also explored wider questions of confidence and skills for ministry and mission. Amongst other things the report highlighted the need to develop confidence in Christian discipleship, in understanding and engaging with the multi-cultural context of Birmingham city life, in sharing faith with others, and in training for specific roles and tasks connected with the maintenance of congregational life. Although BCT Training itself ceased operations a few years ago, the research findings have gone on to inform some of the work which St Peter’s Saltley Trust has been engaged with subsequently.

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