Sheffield worship specialist to spearhead ministerial training
Praxis and the Royal School of Church Music have appointed Rev Helen Bent as their first Head of Ministerial Training ...
Praxis and the Royal School of Church Music have appointed Rev Helen Bent as their first Head of Ministerial Training.
The creation of this new full-time post is a joint initiative between the two bodies, in response to demonstrable needs within the Church of England and beyond for training in leading public worship and the use and understanding of music within the liturgy.
Helen (pictured) has a proven track record in encouraging and resourcing worship leaders and musicians. She originally trained as a musician, specializing in singing and piano. Following a teaching career, she was ordained in 1998 and has been Bishop’s Adviser in Music and Worship in the Sheffield Diocese.
She is well known for her “Worship 4 Today” training programme for worship leaders and musicians, which grew out of resources created for the Diocese of Sheffield and is now published by Church House Publishing.
In this new role she will offer opportunities to dioceses, regions and theological educational institutions for equipping clergy, lay ministers and those in training to ensure the Church continues to offer to God the best in worship. She will devise and lead training programmes and create resources to support ministers and lay worship leaders in their ministry. This will promote the mission of the whole Church as people are formed and fed by worship that transforms individually and corporately.