From the Principal
At St Augustine’s College of Theology, we’ve been providing non-residential theological education since 1959. Our community, dispersed across the South East, equips our students for the practical knowledge of God, the knowledge that changes things and makes its mark on us and those we serve.
Whether our students prepare for ordained ministry or for licensed lay ministry, or engage with theology for their personal interest, or as part of a process of vocational discernment, each one learns to develop their understanding of Christian faith and practice in constant interaction with the contexts of daily life and local Church witness. We provide formation that is transforming, that promotes personal, intellectual, and spiritual change, that together we might “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph. 4.15).
I think that the quality of both learning and community at St Augustine’s is quite unusual; there is a distinct vitality, a readiness among our students and staff for the exhilarating difficulties of Christian learning and formation.
As a student here, you will discover, too, a common life in which your learning is encouraged and supported, so that the changes it brings and the challenges it poses gladden the heart and move the will. The truth is that God grants us more than we expect of ourselves, and inspires us with hope for the world He loves. As the first epistle of John puts it: since our lives are held in the gracious mystery of God, “what we shall be is yet to be revealed” (1 John 3.2).
I hope you will choose St Augustine’s as the community within which you will exceed your expectations as you begin the learning and formation to which God is calling you.’
Go beyond expectations in the ministry to which God calls you. “What we shall be is yet to be revealed” (1 John 3:2).
As the South East’s provider of choice for a contextually-based, non-residential education, preparation, and formation of licensed lay and ordained ministers we fulfil the Church of England’s vision of ministry and leadership in the Body of Christ: that every licensed and ordained minister be equipped to offer faithful, collaborative, theologically informed and resourceful leadership within a complex and changing social context. We also broaden the scope of this commitment by extending an ecumenical welcome to students from other denominations, as well as those seeking an accessible and challenging education in theology.
Readiness for Ministry
Our programmes prepare men and women for flexible deployment, enabling them to flourish in diverse social, economic and ecclesial contexts. Reflective, spiritually mature, prayerful and energetic, our graduates have the readiness necessary for ministries that embody, teach, and communicate the gospel of Christ within the varied forms of parochial and pioneer mission.
Adventurous and dispersed
We are an adventurous community of learning that welcomes and celebrates a diversity of Christian tradition and expression. We are dispersed across the South East, as well as embedded within our sponsoring dioceses, and welcomed by the Benedictine environment of our centre at Malling Abbey.
As a student at St Augustine’s you’ll experience a theological and ministerial formation that seeks to permeate everyday life with the energies of God’s grace, integrating understanding, worship, experience and passion to develop your skills for the service of Church and community.
We’ll support and guide you in the formation of spiritual maturity, courage and readiness for social and personal change, theologically reflective practice, and a commitment to lifelong formation.
- The transformation of men and women into the likeness of Christ
- Christian spiritualities robust enough to flourish in the bustle of personal and public life
- Theological reflection that is attentive to missional context and promotes readiness for practical ministry
- Our students’ ability to live and communicate the Gospel in changing situations and diverse contexts
- Our students’ existing roles in their communities and the diversity of experience and culture that they bring
- Our students’ individual and varied capacity for growth and development in their ministerial formation
- A learning community centred on challenging theological debate
- Opportunities to make ministerial formation more readily accessible
- The honest practice of giving and receiving feedback within a supportive and collaborative learning community
- Rapid and critical responsiveness to change
- Our staff and students’ ability to shape endeavours worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ