Part-time Ordination

Those looking to train part-time can do so through the College’s flexible and innovative part-time training route.

A key value of this programme is learning the skill of relating theology to the whole of life – work, church, family, home, society. The opportunity to study while still engaged in these areas provides an ideal way to work out how the Christian faith impacts the world today.

Every student has a Formation Tutor, and a Supervisor is appointed in your local church.


Year 1

  • Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
  • Introduction to Church History
  • Introduction to the Bible 
  • Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Foundations in Christian Worship

Pathway A – Introduction to Preaching and Evangelism in Practice 
Pathway B – Introduction to Preaching and a Biblical language

Year 2

  • Topics in Christian Doctrine
  • Bible in Context
  • Ecclesiology 
  • Christian Faith and Ethical Living
  • Developing Ministry and Mission in Context

Pathway A – Exploring Leadership and Theology for Ministry & Mission 
Pathway B – Exploring Leadership and Theology for Ministry & Mission (audit) and a Biblical language

Year 3

  • Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture
  • Further New Testament and Old Testament Text Study in context
  • Christianity and Inter Faith Engagement
  • Sacramental Theology and Ministry
  • Further Reflective Practice in Context (placement)

Students may also select from a combination of optional modules which may include: The Arts, Culture and Christian Ministry and Mission; Church History in Focus; Christian Doctrine in Context: Politics; and either an independent learning project or an extended dissertation. 

Frequently asked questions

Who can do this programme?

Any candidate for ordination is welcome to apply to train with us, whether for Stipendiary, Self-Supporting, Pioneer, Incumbent or Assistant status.

Is it not very demanding?

Juggling family, work and study commitments can be challenging, but it is a good preparation for future ministry, where the demands on time can be stretching as well! Many students pull back from some of the commitments in their home church, to make time for the study.

What might a normal schedule look like?

Students study together one evening per week, in either:

  • London on Tuesday evenings
  • Chelmsford on Thursday evenings.

Tuesday and Thursday evening courses start with dinner at 6.30pm and worship at 7.00pm. Teaching starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.15pm.

In addition, there are six Residential Weekends and one residential week per year, attended by both part-time and full-time ordinands.

How do the finances work?

All course fees are paid by the sponsoring diocese from central church funds. No maintenance allowance is paid to part-time ordinands because it is expected that they will continue to benefit from their existing financial arrangements they had prior to starting the course. For example, a part-time ordinand may continue in their existing employment during their training. Travel costs, however, are fully covered.

How do I know if I have a calling to ordained ministry in the Church of England?

Please take a look at the Church of England’s website to explore this question further.

Is the ordination programme available for international students?

Candidates training with us for ordained ministry need to be sponsored by a Church of England bishop.