Emmanuel School of Leadership & Ministry (ESOLM) provides a competence-based approach to ministry training which is based on the practical application of God's word in a students daily life. 

Instead of a purely academic curriculum ESOLM places emphasis on entering 'God's school' and learning to consistently trust in Him. The concept can be likened to the secular method of vocational studies where a trainee doesn't only acquire knowledge but also the practical skills to function in their role. From a Biblical perspective we recognise that Jesus didn't just call those with a scholarly interest in Christianity. Yes, He called those who were masters in theology like Paul and Nicodemus but He also called fisherman and tax collectors like Matthew and Simon-Peter. If the same is true today, we want to be flexible in our approach to give Christians of all backgrounds the opportunity to pursue their callings.

Rev. Darren Roy

MinstLM, GCert Leadership


Darren leads the Wisdom Track at ESOLM which focuses on competence, application of learning, spiritual growth and discipline. He is a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and he holds a graduate certificate in leadership studies. Darren's teaching is set on a foundation of knowing God.

Rev. Adrian Tamblyn-Watts

BTh (Hons) Distinction, MTh, PGCertTE

Adrian leads the Knowledge Track at ESOLM which is academic learning through an innovative programme of narrative study that is accessible to all. He serves as a moderator at South African Theological Seminary and previously was the Coordinator for Dr Hugh Osgood Academics in the UK. 

The programme is based around 2 distinct but connected tracks which present each candidate with the ability to balance acquired knowledge with applicable wisdom.

  • Knowledge Track: information, academic learning, dialogue, narrative.

  • Wisdom Track: competence, application of learning, growth, discipline.

The Knowledge Track is a programme of interactive and meditative study that introduces the student to Biblical truth through recognising the natural symmetry between story and theology.  The Wisdom Track aims to develop the practical application of Biblical truth and competence in the life and ministry of the student. This presents the opportunity for students to become 'doers of the word' (James 1:22) as they engage with God through obedience.

Due to the diversity of the callings of God some training elements are bespoke. The key outcome of training with ESOLM is that students are equipped for an exciting and fulfilling journey with God in life, leadership and ministry. Students who progress through ESOLM receive a certificate of training and many receive ministerial accreditation within the Free Churches Group. Those that choose accreditation benefit from access to a vast network of ministries, chaplaincies and churches where they receive mutual support, peer accountability and recognition as Christian leaders. ESOLM is also able to draw on our extensive network of ministry associates to assist trainees in continuing with the right training based on their specific calling. There are academic options for progression through our partner organisations, such as the School of Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity Degree by research. 

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