I had the opportunity to share with my colleagues at the Centre for Theology & Ministry my work on Peer Learning Groups as a key way for ministers to undertake continuing education in the future. I also invited them to think on Peer Learning Groups might enhance their work.
As I spoke I realised I had become an enthusiastic evangelist for peer learning. Here are some of the reasons I have developed a passion for peer learning and for encouraging ministers to form on Peer Learning Groups:
Ministers can learn about real topics, issues and problems they are facing in ministry.
Learning is brought close to ministry practice so that it can inform and help develop practice.
Passion for ministry is renewed.
Ministry practice is made more faithful and effective.
By Sharon Hollis
Continuing Education Co-ordinator