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Ordination training – Overview

The standard “pathway” for training with All Saints is 3 years – though quite a number of our students do a shorter training course because of prior study or ministerial training. Click here for some information on different training pathways.

On the standard 3-year pathway, each year students take 4 modules a year:-

  • Two of these modules are delivered on weeknight evenings (one module in the first half of the year and the other module in the second half);
  • One module is delivered on four residential weekends throughout the year.
  • One module is delivered at a week-long residential school (either Summer or Easter)

Each year there is a “Themed” residential weekend looking at a specific area of ordained ministry.

Each year also includes a retreat – in the first 2 years it is a weekend retreat and in the final year it is incorporated into the Easter school residential (which runs throughout Holy Week).

See below for an overview of how the course fits together and click here for more information on each of the modules.

Ordination training standard three-year pathway

Diagram of courses in the Ordained Ministry pathway


A significant part of the course is learning on placement, with practical ministry taking place both in the trainee’s home church and in external placements – ordinands are expected to be involved in regular worship leading and preaching, with feedback from their supervisor, as well as other ministry activities. Click here for more information on placements.


Ordinands are expected to prepare and preach sermons on a regular basis throughout your training, beginning in the first term.


As well as leading worship in placements, ordinands are expected to be part of the regular worshipping community. Worship together is also a significant part of the training sessions and residentials, with each residential including a shared communion service as well as a rhythm of daily prayer. Click here for more on our worship life as a Course.

Bible reading

One of All Saints’ central aims is to help students develop in their understanding of Scripture and the Bible is a central focus of the training. During the their training all students are expected to read the whole Bible, with guidance and resources available to help them do this.