Theological Education and Leadership Training Review Group

The Council has appointed a Task Group to undertake a review of theological education and leadership training within the Presbyterian Church.

The context and purpose of this is to establish the key values and polity of theological education and leadership training in the whole Presbyterian Church in order to inform future directions.

This will include reviewing the place of both the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership and the Presbyterian Research Centre and developing proposals for both that will meet current and envisaged future needs of the Presbyterian Church.

Proposals are to recognise and be responsive to the changing shape of both the Church and society; ensure there is ability to be nimble and responsive to this changing environment; and represent fiscal responsibility in the light of the financial demands across the whole Church.

The Task Group will present its report (and any recommendations) to the General Assembly in 2020.

Task Group Members

The Task Group convenor is Simon McLeay, and the other Task Group members are Erin Pendreigh, Caren Rangi, Rob McIntosh and Sharon Searle.

Consultation Paper & Survey

We are looking at the training provided for leadership in the Presbyterian Church and asking you what is working well, what might need to be improved, what needs to change and are there things we are not doing that we should be doing? 
The Theological Education and Leadership Training in our Church (TELT) - consultation paper distributed to the Church in mid-August 2019, invites your feedback about matters relating to theological education and leadership training. We need your input, as a presbytery, session or parish council or as an individual. 

Please can you also share your views in our Theological Education and Leadership Training in our Church - online survey which is available to complete until 25 October 2019. If you prefer to use or submit a paper copy of the survey, please use this document: download a copy of the survey

Consultation feedback

The TELT group anticipates publishing feedback from the consultation process in December 2019.


The Task Group expects to publish monthly updates. Read the progress updates on their work below:

July 2019 Update

August 2019 Update