Your pathway

If you are recommended for ordination training, you will train on one of three types of pathway through a theological education institution.  Your director of ordinands will talk about the options with you. Your bishop will make the final decision on your training pathway.
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Training will help you deepen your knowledge of Christian faith.  It will give you skills to be a minister. It will ensure you are developing habits of prayer that will sustain you in ministry.

Find out more about the different pathways below:
 

An immersive community: residential pathways

Training on a residential pathway typically involves living in college. You will be part of a close community, learning, growing, praying, and worshipping together.  

We recognise a number of different residential colleges for theology training, each with its own distinct history, character, and flavour. We would encourage you to find out more using the links below.

College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, Yorkshire

Cranmer Hall, Durham

Oak Hill Theological College, London

The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham

Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire

St. Stephen's House, Oxford

Trinity College, Bristol

Westcott House, Cambridge

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

 

Learning by doing: non-residential pathways

Training on a non-residential course (sometime referred to as context based) typically involves a mixture of classes and placement. You will train in a parish alongside your studies, learning and developing through practical experience.

We recognise a number of different non-residential courses for theology training, in principle allowing you to train anywhere. We would encourage you to find out more about colleges offering these courses using the links below.

Church Mission Society, Oxford

Eastern Region Ministry Course, Cambridge

Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire

Sarum College, Salisbury

St. Augustine’s College, Kent

St. Hild College, Yorkshire

St. Mellitus College, London, South West, and North West

Trinity College, Bristol

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

 

Studying whilst working: part time pathways

Training on a regional part-time course enables you to continue working in paid employment alongside your studies.

We recognise a number of different regional part-time courses for theology training, in principle allowing you to train anywhere. We would encourage you to find out more about colleges offering these courses using the links below.

All Saints' Centre for Mission & Ministry, North West, Isle of Man, and East Midlands

Eastern Region Ministry Course, Cambridge

Cumbria Christian Learning, Cumbria

Lincoln School of Theology and Ministry, Lincoln

Lindisfarne, North Shields

Local Ministry Programme, Guildford

Oxford Local Ministry Scheme, Oxford

The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham

Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire

Sarum College, Salisbury

South West Ministry Training Course, Exeter

St. Augustine’s College, Kent

St. Hild College, Yorkshire

St. John's School of Mission, Nottingham

St. Mellitus College, London, South West, and North West

Trinity College, Bristol

 

Research degrees for potential theological educators           

We need ministers with a range of skills and abilities, including those who will be the theological educators of the future.

If you intend to pursue a research degree, including at doctoral level, the first step is to talk to your diocese.

We will work with your diocese to approve a pathway and disburse a budget for your study.

 

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Matt knew that he was called to do more. Once he got involved the opportunities to minister only grew.

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"Then Jesus said to Simon, 'Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.' So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him."

Luke 5: 10-11
Bishop

A senior ordained person who has oversight of clergy and lay people in a diocese.

Theology

Study exploring the meaning of God's word

Parish

The smallest pastoral area within the Church of England. A parish usually has one main church building.

Diocese

Main administrative and pastoral area in the Church of England – often roughly coincides with local county boundaries. There are 42 dioceses.