School of Ministry

An opportunity to explore together what it means to be a 'resourceful' person for God and His Church. It aims to:

  • foster a sense of God's call
  • train Readers and Pastoral Ministers (BCPM)
  • work with the Yorkshire Ministry Course (YMC)
  • provide 'Education for Discipleship'
  • relate study to practice

If you are hoping to deepen your own personal faith and understanding, or wanting to train for an authorised ministry, or explore your own calling, this could be for you! Sessions are held once a month on Sundays at the Mirfield Centre, starting in September of each year. Some evening sessions are involved also.

The Director of the Wakefield School of Ministry is Revd Canon Dr John Lawson. For more information contact Kathryn Naylor, Administrator for Training & Learning: 01924 481916 or or go to to find out more.

Many Dioceses now run Schools of Ministry. It is worth checking with your own Diocese if such a scheme is available. Other Dioceses websites are listed in the Other Links section of this website.


By Car
Come off the M62 at junction 25. Follow the signs towards Mirfield. Take the first exit at the roundabout and towards Leeds. Continue up this road until you see a ‘Starbucks’ on your right hand side. Take the filter lane and turn right at the lights - this is Stocks Bank Road. Drive over the brow of the hill and begin to drop down the other side. You will see a playground on your left hand side. The entrance to The Mirfield Centre is about 100 yards further down the road, on the right hand side.

Please note – the entrance to the Centre is marked by a brown ladder sign (to the right as you go down the hill, see picture). Please do not use the Community Retreat House entrance.

Public Transport
The 202 and 203 bus service operated by Arriva stop directly outside The Mirfield Centre, click here for details. There are regular trains from Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield, click here for journey planning. Please contact us if you intend to arrive by train as it is a 20-30 minute walk to The Mirfield Centre from the station.

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