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Training for Ordination

All Saints’ aim is to help each ordinand who trains with us to be, under God, the best Deacon or Priest they can be.  At the heart of this is formation for ministry. We believe that life-giving engagement with the living Christ is at the heart of formation. For ordinands, this leads to creative engagement with Scripture and the riches of the Christian tradition.  A key part of training is structured study which seeks to deepen faith in God, enrich understanding of God and to extend knowledge and skills in pastoral and missional ministry.  Study is carried out in dialogue with ministerial placements where ordinands encounter the pastoral realities of mission and ministry.

Formation for life

Formation is about and for the whole of life.

  • First, what does the Church expect of ordained ministers of the Gospel who are called to work publicly for Christ by loving and serving the communities to which they are sent?
  • Second, what knowledge and cognitive skills are necessary to resource a ministry of word and sacrament?
  • Third, what practical and reflective ministerial skills do clergy need to be effective in ministry?
  • Fourth and perhaps most importantly, what spiritual relationships, practices and disciplines do ordinands need to develop to sustain ministry and love over twenty, thirty, forty years?

Balanced Academic Study

All Saints’ courses of preparation for ordination are normally studied over two or three years depending on prior experience and study. Each course is a carefully designed mix of prayer and worship, academic study, practical placements, supervision and reflection.  We offer tailored pathways for students in Ordained Pioneer Ministry.  Students are on placement for the whole of their time with us; in home and alternative parishes and a community or chaplaincy setting.  We offer a careful balance of academic study and missional placements, with academic courses validated by Durham University through the Church’s Common Awards.  We offer courses for beginners in theology to postgraduate study up to MA level.  Students with suitable academic qualifications can study for a PhD or DProf.

While our training is part-time, many of our students are training to enter full-time (stipendiary) ministry when they complete their training. We also have people training for a variety of part-time ordained ministries (Self-supporting ministry and Ordained Local ministry). All Saints trains people for all types of ordained ministry – Stipendiary, Self-supporting, Ordained Local Ministry, Pioneer Ministry.

All Saints seeks to be the learning community in which ministerial students can achieve all they are capable of for Christ as their ministry develops.

Next steps

Ordinands are sponsored by their local diocese for study.  Following initial prayer and reflection, the first step in discerning a possible call to ordained ministry is to speak to your local incumbent in the first instance, who will connect you with the Vocations team in your local Diocese.  The Church of England has both local (diocesan) and national selection processes for discerning whether someone is called to ordained ministry.

If you are already in the selection process for ordained ministry, we would love to talk to you about whether we could be the right training route for you.  Contact our Admissions Team, or come and meet us at one of our teaching centres at a taster event or Ordination Open Day.  See our Events page for further details.

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