Huge demand for new Church of Scotland learning initiative

Chris Flexen and David Plews
Designer, Chris Flexen, and Learn Editor, David Plews.

A new book exploring what it means to be an elder in the Church of Scotland has sold out of its initial print run before it has even been published.

Eight hundred copies of the 'Learn Eldership' publication have been ordered in the last 3 weeks, delighting the team who created it. Another two hundred copies have been added to the print run and are now available to order from today.

The book and a short film specially commissioned for the Learn initiative are being launched at the Session Clerks and Elders Conference in Fife this weekend. The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, will address the audience on the important role learning has for the future of the Church. In his introduction to the Learn Eldership , the Moderator says "I am delighted to welcome the Learn initiative as it seeks to deepen our knowledge in the things of the faith and to strengthen those who have the awesome responsibility of leading the Church at a particularly challenging time of change."

Editor of Learn, Congregational Development Worker David Plews, says he never expected it would generate interest so quickly. "With Learn we are developing a whole new set of materials including films and learning resources on the website. The 'Learn Eldership' book is just part of it, and it really seems to have captured people's imagination. With the film, we just wanted to highlight what some Church members feel learning means to them and their Christian faith. The Learn project went out and asked people what they wanted, we've been careful to follow the needs they identified and the response gives me great encouragement the team has got it right."

A re-print of the Learn Eldership publication is now underway in partnership with the Church's publishing house, St Andrew Press. It will be available to order in November for delivery in the new year. Other Learn publications on different subjects such as Leadership and Pastoral Care are planned for the future.

The new section on the Church of Scotland website is now live. You can see the Learn film there, as well as short interviews with each of the six people who star in it. More content and resources will be added on a regular basis. For more information please contact David Plews at