Assistant Deputy Director of Ordinands Rev Raymond Baudon chats about the journey to ordination, what to expect from the discernment process, and his own story of being called to the priesthood.
About the ordination training pathway
Experience your own theological and ministerial formation through ordination training.
As an ordinand embarking on your journey to ordination, you are invited to dive into a rich and diverse programme of theological learning.
Become part of the Church of England’s vital vision for ministry and leadership in the Body of Christ.
- Develop your skills and learn how to lead through faith, compassion and collaboration.
- Prepare yourself for flexible deployment and build confidence to lead in diverse social, economic and ecclesiastical contexts.
- Gain the wisdom to guide people in an increasingly busy and complex world.
“St Augustine’s 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 among staff and students alike to grapple with thorny issues and grow in the knowledge and love of God.”
Part-time ordained ministry student
About your programme of study
As part of your ordination training at St Augustine’s, you’ll study for a qualification in Theology, Mission and Ministry.
There are a range of qualifications available, all accredited by Durham University as part of the Church of England’s Common Awards.
As an ordinand, you can choose to study for one of the following:
- 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
Each of these qualifications will allow you to engage in theological study and ministerial training at a level that is appropriate to your own academic experience. Your choice of qualification may also depend on how you’d prefer to study (part-time or otherwise).
Every one of our training programmes allows you, as students, to:
- understand the intersection of Biblical witness and the traditions of faith in contemporary life
- engage in contextual reflection to better understand God’s call in our work
- foster a personal formation that deepens your trust in God’s love, strengthening you to minister that love to others.
By the time your training is complete, you will have gained the knowledge, experience and wisdom you need to minister across a range of missions.
Full-time ordinand Katrina explains what’s defined her St Augustine’s experience as an ordinand.
“When I speak to other 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 as I do, both in their studies and in daily life. Giving up so much that I was comfortable with in order to study was a big step for me. Would I do it again? Without a moment’s hesitation, I would.”
Full-time Ordained Ministry Student
How will I be studying?
We understand the commitment you will be making by engaging in ordination training. As such, we have designed a range of full-time and part-time study options to allow you to fit your study and placements around your life.
Part-time ordinand Ollie chats about finding a community of students who, like him, are balancing part-time study with work and family life.
Who will I be studying alongside?
As a college, we are very lucky to have such a diverse student community. You will learn and train alongside students from all backgrounds and Church of England traditions.
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. While some of our ordinands may have studied at university level before, others are discovering academic learning for the first time.
You will attend lectures and seminars with both fellow ordinands and students of theology pursuing learning for a variety of reasons, from enriching their understanding of their Christian faith to studying to better serve Christ in their daily lives.
Ray, an ordinand studying at the college, talks about his experience of learning from and sharing knowledge with his fellow students.
Frequently asked questions
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