Diocese of Portsmouth


We want to help churchgoers to become disciples, committed to their faith and eager to help others to understand it. Our diocesan staff offer advice and facilitation that can help you to think more deeply about your own personal faith, guide your parish into effective Christian stewardship, explore the variety of Christian spirituality, and work more effectively with children and young people. We can offer you resources to help with your parish’s mission, its discipleship and its worship. Some of our team members are paid staff, some are parish clergy with specific specialisms. All of them are happy to help.

In order to create a diocese that is growing churches and making disciples, we are committed to:

  1. Engaging in prayer as a priority in every aspect of life
  2. Resourcing quality, accessible worship that facilitates encounter with God
  3. Supporting vibrant, living, sustainable churches
  4. Creating communities that are engaging with young people (11-25) and young families for a life of discipleship
  5. Promoting the expansion of pioneering and Fresh Expressions

Training courses

Due to the current restrictions still in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, only a few in-person training courses are being held with most training taking place online (using Zoom). That may change as government guidance on indoor gatherings is reviewed and updated. You can find out about all current training taking place here.

Discipleship Resources

These resources are freely available to parishes from the Mission Discipleship and Ministry team upon request. This list includes the major initial nurture and discipleship teaching courses such as Pilgrim and Start! along with London Institute of Contemporary Christianity resources.

Download the ‘Discipleship Resource List’

Theological Education Courses and Evangelism Resources

We have a number of courses available to assist a parish in sharing the Gospel.

View course list

Setting God’s People Free

Portsmouth Diocese is part of the initial cohort of dioceses participating in the Setting God’s People Free national initiative, which encourages all Christian people to exercise their discipleship through everyday life, witness and ministry. Please contact Mission Discipleship and Ministry for further details. Setting God’s People Free and lay vocation