The Ordained Ministry training pathway is designed to prepare you for future ministry in a diverse range of social, economic and church contexts. Reflective, spiritually mature, prayerful and energetic, our graduates emerge ready for ministries that embody each and communicate the gospel of Christ.

Many of our ordinands have answered a call to become an ordained priest later in life, and will be training for ordination alongside work and family commitments.

We understand the commitment you will be making, and have designed our full-time and part-time study options to enable you to fit your study and placements around your life.

Revd. Raymond Baudon is the Assistant Deputy Director of Ordinands (ADDO) from Southwark diocese and here he talks about the journey to ordination for those with a calling in the diocese of Southwark. Raymond also shares his own journey to priesthood.

 

Who is it for?

The Ordained Ministry training pathway is for those who have received a bishop’s recommendation to train for ordination for the Church of England. This pathway is also taken by those recommended for ordination training training through the equivalent process of another denomination.

Qualifications available

  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission
  • BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission
  • Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • MA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission

As a full-time student you’ll attend either evening classes, daytime classes, or a mixture of these – depending on what best suits your schedule.

Classes take place at Malling Abbey; Trinity House, Southwark and online.

Full-time study options

Option 1

  • Two evening classes per week – every Monday at Trinity House, Southwark and every Wednesday online, 6.30-9pm
  • A weekly seminar ‘Text and Themes’ – every Monday at Trinity House OR every Wednesday at West Malling (Autumn and Winter terms only), Mon 3-4.45pm, Wed 4.15-6pm
  • Biblical Languages – Hebrew every Monday at Trinity House OR Greek every Wednesday at West Malling (Autumn and Winter terms only), Mon 5-6pm, Wed 3-4pm

Option 2

  • One weekly evening class plus one fortnightly teaching day – evening class every Monday at Trinity House OR every Wednesday online, 6.30-9pm. Teaching days at West Malling, every other Friday, 10.30am-4pm
  • A weekly seminar ‘Text and Themes’ – every Monday at Trinity House, Southwark OR every Wednesday at West Malling (Autumn and Winter terms only). Mon 3-4.45pm, Wed 4.15-6pm
  • Biblical languages – Hebrew every Monday at Trinity House OR Greek every Wednesday at West Malling (Autumn and Winter terms only). Mon 5-6pm, Wed 3-4pm

Option 3

  • One weekly teaching day at West Malling – every Friday, 10.30am-4pm
  • A weekly seminar ‘Text and Themes’ – every Monday at Trinity House OR every Wednesday at West Malling (Autumn and Winter terms only). Mon 3-4.45pm, Wed 4.15-6pm
  • Biblical languages – Hebrew every Monday at Trinity House OR every Wednesday at West Malling (Autumn and Winter terms only). Mon 5-6pm, Wed 3-4pm

Study time

Full-time study requires at least twenty hours of study per week, as well as class time and placement/project time.

You will typically take two module each terms. A module typically involves two written assignments.

*Monday classes move to Tuesday in any week where the Monday is a bank holiday

**If life intervenes and you can’t attend your usual class, it is usually possible to swap to the other class.

Please view next year’s Academic Calendar.

As part-time student you’ll attend either evening classes or daytime classes – depending on what best suits your schedule.

Classes take place at Malling Abbey; Trinity House Southwark and online.

Part-time study options

Option 1

  • One evening class per week – every Monday at Trinity House OR every Wednesday online, 6.30-9pm

Option 2

  • Fortnightly teaching days – Malling Abbey, Friday at 10.30-4pm

Study time

Part-time study requires at least ten hours of study per week, as well as class time and placement/project time.

You will typically take one module each term. A module typically involves two written assignments.

*Monday classes move to Tuesday in any week where the Monday is a bank holiday

**If life intervenes and you can’t attend your usual class, it is usually possible to swap to the other class.

What will I study?

All Ordained Ministry students study for a qualification in Theology, Mission and Ministry, accredited by the University of Durham as part of the Church of England’s Common Awards.  The particular qualification awarded depends on the length of your programme and whether you have recently undertaken accredited study or a related subject.

Our training programmes for ordained ministry involve you in theological learning that:

  • unites biblical witness and the traditions of faith with contemporary life;
  • insists on contextual reflection, enabling us to discern God’s call in the times and places of our work;
  • fosters a personal formation that engages your prayer and deepens your trust in God’s love, strengthening you to minister that love to others.

 

 

Ordinands both full and part-time, also take on a pathway specific module in their first year. Each of these involves a placement and one or two assignments. The teaching for these modules takes place at residential teaching events.

Ordinands studying for higher qualifications will take similar ‘shared’ and ‘residential’ modules. For more detailed module information, please refer to the following pages:

  • Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • Introduction to Church History
  • Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context – residential curriculum
  • Foundations in Christian Worship
  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine
  • Using the Bible Today

For more detailed descriptions of these modules, go to Level 4 modules.

  • Pastoral Care – residential curriculum
  • Christian Faith and Ethical Living
  • Biblical Studies
  • Developing Worship and Ministry in Context –residential curriculum
  • Sacramental Theology and Ministry

For more detailed descriptions of these modules, go to Level 5 modules.

Additional teaching sessions for all students

For your regular teaching evenings or days, you’ll study alongside licensed lay ministry and independent students (those studying theology but not training for ordination). Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, you will also join other ordination students at additional teaching sessions during the year.

Placements and mission projects

As a student training for ordained ministry you will also undertake projects and placements as part of your training:

  • a mission placement, undertaken as a small group project (four to five students) in your first year.
  • a pastoral placement in a hospital, prison or similar setting. The pastoral placement takes place in your second year for a minimum of 30 hours.
  • a parish placement, generally in a church context significantly different from your ‘home’ parish. Your parish placement takes place in your final year and lasts for approximately 8 Sundays.

Residential weekends

As an ordinand, you’ll attend six residential weekends in each academic year. Residential weekends are held at various locations including West Malling, and Ashburnham Place, East Sussex.

These residential weekends are focussed on modules specific to your ordination pathway, developing your knowledge of theory and your skills in Christian pastoral ministry and worship.

For first year students beginning their studies in September 2022, the residential weekend dates are:

  • 16-18 Sep 2022 (West Malling)
  • 14-16 Oct 2022 (West Malling)
  • 25-27 Nov 2022 (West Malling)
  • 13-15 Jan 2023 (Leatherhead)
  • 3-5 Feb 2023 (West Malling)
  • 2-8 April 2023  (Canterbury)
  • 16-18 June 2023 (Ashburnham)

Residential week

All ordination students also attend a Residential Week once a year. We stay at the King’s School, Canterbury, and our daily worship is in Canterbury Cathedral. For first year students beginning their studies in September 2022, the Residential week will take place on 2nd-8th April 2023

“I crossed the Thames to train at St Augustine’s because it has always been a place where ideas and action meet. As someone training for self-supporting ministry whilst working full time the ability to integrate study with my professional and personal life is essential. I expected to find a diverse student body but I’ve been delighted to find even more variety than I imagined. Amidst the differences there is a common commitment of staff and students alike to grapple with thorny issues and grow in the knowledge and love of God.”
Duncan Gray Part-time Ordained Ministry Student
“When I speak to clergy and talk about training, I am so glad that I chose to study here. The standard of teaching is second to none and the staff are very accessible, approachable and supportive. So too are fellow students who share the same demands and pressures, both in their studies and in daily life. It was a big step for me, giving up much that I was comfortable with in order to study. Would I do it again? Without a moment’s hesitation I would.”
Barry Knott Full-time Ordained Ministry Student

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