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 seven 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?
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.