St Mellitus College, North West FAQs

How does the programme work for Undergraduate students?

If you want to go deeper in theology to resource your calling as a missional leader, either in church, workplace or community, join our Monday morning teaching. You may wish to do this to gain an accredited certificate or degree, or just to ‘audit’ the programme. 

How does the programme work for ordinands?

Formation – encountering God in a transformative way – is at the heart of your study with St Mellitus College, North West. The St Mellitus College ethos is not just studying about God, but engaging with God; formation is not about conforming to a stereotype but reflecting the St Mellitus College value of ‘unity in the Spirit’ and celebrating our rich diversity. Located in a worship setting – this helps create a monastic pattern of being grounded in regular prayer & worship & study of Scripture; balanced with going out in ministry and returning to reflect. This is similar to how Jesus trained his disciples. We gather as a worshipping community on a Monday at Liverpool Cathedral, 9.00am – 4.30pm.

The programme is half time study, half-time on the job – this helps you learn to study while balancing the time demands of ministry and life. This means that regular patterns of worship & spirituality, and habits while training in this fashion are much better suited to ongoing ministry than many other forms of training as you will learn habits of study alongside ministry life.

The teaching is delivered on a Monday morning by a creative blend of our North West tutors and lecturers, and occasionally by live video link from St Mellitus College, London. Monday afternoons focus on Leadership for Healthy Churches drawing on experts and practioners from across the North West of England region and further. Some Mondays are spent in formation groups and one-to-one meetings with Personal Tutors and in other key ministry areas such as preaching. One or two other days in the week are set aside for personal study time.

For half of the week you are located at your Primary Church placement learning ‘on the job’ under a local supervisor in a local church or mission context. This is a crucial and innovative component of the course. In consultation with your Bishop, you may wish to stay on in your home church; alternatively help will be given to find you a suitable placement.

The Personal Development Programme contributes to your formation through regular one- to-one meetings with their Personal Tutor, keeping of a learning journal, personal

development questionnaire, regular meetings with a spiritual director, an annual retreat (different style each year) and focussed time on residentials.

The academic year comprises 30 weeks of: 1 day college teaching, 1 – 2 days study, 3 days placement in a church. The ordinands will join together with other St Mellitus ordinands on one residential week (after October half term) and 6 residential weekends and 1 retreat across the year. This will give you a flavour of Church of England across the country. 

Why call it St Mellitus College, North West, the St Aidan’s Centre?

It is over 40 years since there was a full-time training college for ordination in the North West. St Aidan’s College Birkenhead for over 170 years trained men for ordination from all walks of life. With kind permission of the trustees, we are reviving their name and we pray also reviving some of the spirit of St Aidan’s exemplified by the saint himself, who with great gentleness and Christ-likeness took the gospel to the ‘hardier’ soil of the northern lands.

Can all Church of England ordinands apply?

As its name suggests, the Full-time Church based course is only for ordinands who wish to train full-time. This means the course is open to all Anglican ordinands recommended for training except those recommended for ‘Assistant Minister’ status. It works well for Ordained Pioneer Ministry candidates and for those of ‘Incumbent status’ wanting a mission and contemporary focus to their training.

In the North West, we can recommend two excellent part-time courses, depending on your location: All Saints if you’re from Manchester, Liverpool or Chester or LCTP if you’re in Blackburn or Carlisle diocese. 

How do I apply?

Please click here to apply.