Training pathways

One size does not fit all and All Saints works with individual trainees to develop the most appropriate training course for them. Though there is a standard 3-year pathway for ordination training, many of our students take a variety of different routes through the course.

Many ordinands have previous theological study or ministerial training and so do a two-year pathway rather than the three-year one. As they begin training, they agree an Individual Learning Plan with their Director of Studies, designing a 2-year programme that will address their needs and any specific training issues raised as part of the ordination selection process.

We also have a number of students who go through a similar process for a one-year training pathway, though that is much rarer.

A specific training pathway is available for training for Ordained Pioneer Ministry, which replaces the Local Mission module with the Pioneering Church module, along with targeted mentoring and placements tailored to pioneer ministry. Click here for more details on Pioneer Ministry training with All Saints.

Whether students study for a shorter time with All Saints is decided at diocesan level, based on the recommendations from the national selection process – Directors of Studies then work with anyone on a shortened training pathway to put together a plan that will address their specific training needs. That might include studying for a higher qualification such as an MA and might include accessing modules at the University of Chester.

All Saints also offers some specific modules that can be accessed for different training pathways, including

Pioneering Church

This module looks closely at planting new churches and at emerging, alternative and Fresh Expressions of church.  It offers a blend of different styles of learning in the classroom, in participants’ ministerial contexts and on “observational visits” and/or a placement.

Guided Study

This module offers a mix of tutor input and guidance with a significant element of independent study, offering students the opportunity to engage in depth with an area of biblical, theological or ethical study and how it is applied in ministry.

Independent Study

This module offers a flexible approach to learning, with students given resources and tutorial supervision on an independent research project of their own choice that is linked to their ministry context.

Chaplaincy with the Deaf Community

This module aims to equip students in working as a minister or chaplain within the Deaf community and includes reflecting both on the theological and cultural background to the deaf community but also on the skills and approaches needed for mission and ministry with the deaf. The majority of the course is taught and assessed in British Sign Language