Strand Two: Education and Training

One of the most enduring aspects of the work of Rutherford House over many years has been the engagement with church members, elders and ministers.  In earlier days, this included the publication of Christian books and pamphlets on key issues (as well as the publication of symposia following the bi-annual theological conferences).  The mission statement of RH was ‘To help people to think biblically and theologically’.  Most recently, this led to a DVD for elders’ training being produced and conferences for elders were held around Scotland in the lead-up to this production.  Another ministry is Under the Rainbow which is a web-based resource for those who have experienced infant loss, miscarriage and infertility.There have also been conferences, reading groups and local gatherings of ministers, to help promote theological thinking.  The RCRT will continue to engage with churches, providing education and training for members, elders and ministers.  Perhaps the most significant contribution in the near future will be the education and training of elders to lead worship and to preach. This has been identified as a significant need, not least because of the shortage of ministers, particularly in rural areas.  The RCRT intends to work with churches to help with this need.