Ordination training is not just about going to course sessions and doing assignments. An equally important part of the learning on the course is the learning and development done in a “placement” context – preaching, leading worship and being involved in a range of activities in church and community.
In their first year of training, ordinands are on placement in their home church, working with their incumbent/superviser on developing in ministerial skills in their home church setting.
In their second/penultimate year ordinands usually do a placement in a different church. The placement is arranged with the Director of Stuides and is designed to give ordinands an experience of ministry in a church context singificantly different from their home church.
In their final year of training, ordinands usually do a non-church based placement – for example in a chaplaincy, community project, pioneer or mission context.
Exact timing and length of placements varies between different dioceses, and will also be agreed with Directors of Studies
Time on placement makes up at least 25% of the learning hours on the course – usually an average of 3.5 hours per week on placement activities, including time at Sunday worship.
External placements will require some planning at the home church in terms of releasing ordinands from their home church commitments for that period.
During their external placements, ordinandswill meet up with a supervisor in that church (usually the incumbent, though again this can be shared with or delegated to someone else in the ministry team).
At the end of the external placement the supervisor for that placement is asked to complete a report on the trainee, including a “skills scan” of how they have functioned in preaching and leading worship. This report feeds into the end of year reporting process – which includes the report from the home church incumbent/supervisor that is part of the portfolio assessment for the Discipleship & Ministry module in January of the first year.
Information from both home and external placement reports is put together with assessment of the trainee’s learning on the course modules – this forms the basis for a report which the Director of Studies writes for the Bishop, checking whether the trainee is on track for continuing in training and being licensed the following year.
A similar report for the Bishop is produced at the end of the 2nd year, again with input from the incumbent/supervisor in the form of an end of year report on how they feel the trainee has developed in that final ye