New director appointed for Cumbria Christian Learning

A director has been appointed to lead the Diocese of Carlisle’s newly-formed learning, training and development organisation to grow disciples for mission.

The Rev'd Dr Roger Latham, newly appointed Director of Cumbria Christian LearningCumbria Christian Learning (CCL) is a new charitable company formed by the diocese – the Church of England in Cumbria – and which will succeed the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership (LCTP).

Today, the Rev’d Dr Roger Latham has been formally announced as its new director. He will take up the position from 1 September.

Roger, aged 47, said: “This is a tremendously exciting opportunity. CCL is a genuinely ground-breaking project in terms of the way it pulls together all areas of learning, training and education into one organisation.

“Coupled with this is the fact we’re doing what we are in support of the God for All vision and to support the creation of mission communities as that moves forward.

“Throughout my ministry I have always had a passion to see people grow in their faith. That’s what motivates me and that is what CCL is all about.”

Last month the diocese unveiled plans which will see CCL secure long-term learning, training and discipleship development in the county. It has been created in order to support the ecumenical God for All strategy which looks to offer everyone in Cumbria the opportunity to explore more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.

Within that context mission communities are currently being created across the county, which will offer renewed growth in missional discipleship for all and which will be directly supported by CCL.

Roger, who lives in Kendal, will come to the role of director having spent two years as Acting Principal of LCTP and having served as Vice-Principal since 2009. In 2008 he was also appointed the officer responsible for curate training in the diocese.

He trained for ordination at St John’s College, Nottingham and served his curacy in Peterborough before moving to the Diocese of Carlisle in 2002 as Team Vicar in the Cartmel Peninsula. Before ordination he taught English and Drama in a large rural secondary school in Northamptonshire.

As CCL Director he will lead the delivery of courses which draw together and develop those currently available through LCTP and the diocese’s in-house Ministry and Training Department, including the areas of Vocations Development and Continuing Ministerial Development. Where possible these will be offered and delivered ecumenically. There will also be Methodist and United Reformed Church representation on the CCL Council.

Learning modules will be based around a ‘honeycomb’ structure allowing significant overlap and flexibility. A wide variety of validated and non-validated programmes will be developed, as well as pathways, courses and modules for the provision of Christian learning for discipleship, mission and evangelism. The organisation will support ministerial education and provide ongoing support for clergy, lay ministers, ordinands and candidates for lay ministries.

Roger added: “I understand that this role will bring its challenges over the next few years and as we move forward together. But I’m confident that God is with us and that he will see this through. As long as we continue to look for his direction, we will end up where we need to be.”

The equivalent of six other full-time CCL posts will also be created, including those for administrative support and managing a Virtual Learning Environment.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, and who chairs the shadow board of CCL, said: “We are delighted that Roger is to become the director of Cumbria Christian Learning. He brings with him a huge amount of knowledge and expertise within the field of training, learning and discipleship development. We’re confident that Roger will lead CCL forward as we look to continue to grow disciples for mission and enable as many people as possible to realise their full potential through Christ to bear witness with confidence and authority.”

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For more on the God for All strategy and further details about mission communities click here

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.