All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry welcomes the publication of the report on the review of its work conducted by the Church of England’s Quality in Formation Panel and the University of Durham’s Common Awards Team, published today. With over seventy students preparing for ordination, forty for lay ministries, twenty completing academic awards as part of their curacies and independent students, All Saints is one of the Church of England’s largest providers of ministerial training. All Saints works in partnership with the Dioceses of Blackburn, Derby, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sodor and Man.
The Chair of Trustees, Canon David Felix said, ‘I want to thank all of the teaching and support staff for the superb effort they put into the review, and to the reviewers for the time they spent with All Saints. Along with its recommendations, the report commends All Saints for its approach to formation for ministry which is the heart and soul of our work.’
The Principal, Dr John Applegate said, ‘All Saints has amazing students and staff who work hard to nurture a faithful learning community across the north west of England, the Isle of Man and Derbyshire.
‘We are committed to continually improving and developing the training we offer and many of the team’s recommendations arise from issues that All Saints has been dealing with proactively, particularly in the curriculum review initiated in 2018 and leading to the development of the new courses we plan to launch in September 2020. The reviewers recognise that we continually strive to improve the ministerial formation we offer and commend our “purposeful, far-reaching and ongoing process of review, reform and restructuring”.
The Revd Peter Whittington, Director of Studies for Liverpool students noted that the report comments “Truly, the name ‘All Saints’ is well-chosen.” ‘It embraces a strong sense of community, collaborative approach to mission and ministry and willingness to explore diverse traditions in the church. The reviewers observed “a high level of respect for differing beliefs and practices within the Church of England” in teaching, worship and informal contexts across our diverse community.’
The Revd Matt Allen, Director of Studies for Blackburn students points to the way the report highlights the strength and variety of the context-based learning we offer; “All Saints relates effectively with churches”, shaping interesting, challenging and varied placement learning opportunities for students. ‘People are equipped to grow and be transformed whilst still being rooted in context. Specialising in part-time training, nobody moves but everybody changes during their time with All Saints.’
Canon Pam Bishop said, ‘I am proud to be a trustee for All Saints. It provides student centred theological education and ministerial training across a wide region. It’s a magnificent achievement to offer such accessible and exciting opportunities which otherwise would not be available. The structure of the programme and the relevant blend of theory and practice are matched expertly to the aims of vocational education and training.’