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

trainslideministryIn cooperation with our affiliates, the Emmanuel School of Leadership & Ministry (ESOLM) was established to equip the saints to step out and function in their God given ministries. Particularly those called to public or vocational ministry.

ESOLM provides a competence-based approach to ministry training which includes the personal study of God and the practical application of God's Word in a candidates 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 comprises various elements of an ordination and accreditation process in conjunction with Servants of the Lord Ministries and Churches in Communities International. There are 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. 

Due to the diversity of the callings of God, some training elements are bespoke. ESOLM has 3 target levels which are optional depending on a candidate's motivation, calling and progress. The ESOLM target levels range from simply attending short courses for personal growth to full ministerial status within the Free Churches Group. We also run various courses from partner organisations such as those focussed on youth work or chaplaincy. We are able to draw on our extensive network of ministry associates to assist trainees in finding the right training based on their specific calling.

  • 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.