Supporting ordinands through initial training

We are called to be a growing church, and we need more ministers so we can realise this. We are actively supporting dioceses to help them achieve lasting growth. It is an ambitious goal, and the training of ordinands is central to it.
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Finance for training

The previous way of paying for training was not ready to support the growth we want to see, so a new, more flexible, framework for resourcing ministerial education has been designed in consultation with dioceses and TEIs.

The new framework supports diocesan and national ministry strategies, incentivises sponsorship of younger candidates and offers clear links between training choices and financial implications. This is known as RME (Resourcing ministerial education).

With the flexibility and control the new system offers, dioceses are able to provide a solid foundation for training for ordination as we seek to grow vocations everywhere.

Take a look at the guidance below to find out more:

Resourcing Ministerial Education 2022 Handbook


The following forms should be used:

Approved pathways

The final decision on a candidate’s pathway is made by their bishop.

The block grant can only be used for approved pathways at accredited institutions. Where it is desired to use that funding for pathways which are not standard pathways at a recognised TEI this requires individual pathway approval – please contact the Initial Ministerial Education Pathways Adviser for these.

Some candidates, with the support of their bishop and DDO, may wish to study for a research degree as part of their initial training, for which the approval of the Research Degrees Panel is required. Guidance on applications to the RDP, the application form and general guidance on research degrees is in the documents below.