Ordination Training – Core Modules

The Standard 3-year pathway for ordination training consists of the following modules (click here for a diagram of how this pathway fits together)

First year

Weeknights in first half of year –

Worship & Preaching in a Pastoral Context

Introduces you to the study of Christian worship. It will focus on the understanding you need to design worship and preach effectively.

Weeknights in second half of year –

Old Testament

This module introduces the study of the Old Testament texts. It gives an  overview of their content, major themes and the interpretive possibilities they present. This will include preaching on Old Testament  texts.

Weekends throughout the year –

Discipleship & Ministry

This module is designed to develop your skills and awareness as a leader  of public Christian worship. You will look at ways of praying, of using  and reading the scriptures, and the practical skills involved in leading public worship.

Residential Summer School –

Global Mission

This module explores the changing cultures of Britain, including other world faiths, how churches can respond, and what it means to engage effectively in evangelism and the mission of God today

 

Second year

Weeknights in first half of year –

New Testament

This module introduces the study of the New Testament texts. It gives an  overview of their content, major themes and the interpretive possibilities they present. This will include preaching on New Testament  texts.

Weeknights in second half of year –

Local Mission

In this module we examine the Bible and mission, the relationship between different dimensions of mission such as the mission of God, the mission of the church, evangelism, social action, dialogue with other faiths and church growth.

Weekends throughout the year –

Faith & Belief

This module asks ‘What is theology?” and introduces key areas of Christian theological study such as the Trinity and the work and person of Christ.

 Residential Summer School –

Human Development & Pastoral Care

This  module develops participants’ understanding, awareness and skills as ordained and licensed ministers, of the psychology of religion and its implications for Christian ministry.

 

Third Year

Weeknights in first half of year –

Theologies & Ethical Thinking in Context

This module examines developments in core theological concepts from the early church and Middle Ages, through the Reformation and Enlightenment
periods and into the present day, applying theology to how we live out our faith in church and world.

Weeknights in second half of year –

Service & Leadership

In this module we look at the nature of Christian servant-leadership exemplified in Jesus, how we can develop good habits as leaders in the church and some of the principles of collaborative working, dealing with conflict and ways in which churches can grow.

Throughout the year (on weekend residentials and Easter School) –

Selected Biblical Texts and Themes

In this module we look in depth at a number of Old and New Testament texts, drawing out the hermeneutical principles which help us understand texts in their own contexts and how they speak in to our lives today.

Worship, Preaching and Working with Young People

This module builds on ‘Worship and Preaching in a Pastoral Context’, extending the range of contexts in which we consider worship and preaching, and looking at good practice in working with young people.

Throughout training

The programme has a number of threads running across the whole three years, including:-

  • A requirement to read the whole Bible during the course of training.
  • Regular Preaching (in addition to some preaching assessments linked to specific modules)
  • Working on the pattern of their own spiritual and devotional life (including the Rule of Life exercise mentioned above)
  • Considering the implications of all their learning for mission and disciple-making
  • Relating their learning and practice to working with young people

 

Pioneer Ministers

Those training for Ordained Pioneer Ministry will usually do the Pioneering Church module instead of Practice of Mission and will have some different input and assessment on the core modules, with a specific emphasis on entrepreneurial and pioneer work. They will also do specific mentored pioneer placements throughout their training. Click here for more information on the Pioneer training pathway.

Other Training Pathways

Click here for more information on other routes through ordination training for those with previous theological study or ministerial training.

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