When you become a student at St Augustine’s you join a community dedicated to supporting every student as they prepare to become an ordained minister, to enter licensed lay ministry or who simply study theology for their own personal interest.
Our students are a diverse bunch, coming from varied backgrounds in terms of their Church traditions, culture and educational experience, and they tell us that this is part of what makes studying here so special.
The opportunity to study with people from different walks of life, and with perspectives on Christianity which are unfamiliar and sometimes challenging, enriches everyone’s experience of formation, and prepares you well for the Church contexts in which you may find yourself during and after your study.
Worshipping together – leading worship
An important part of your formational experience at St Augustine’s is worshipping together with other students and staff, and you’ll get opportunities to lead worship yourself, often in a different Church tradition than your own.
With the Anglican Church in a state of change, it’s vital that your studies here prepare you to meet the future needs of ministry (especially if you are studying towards ordination or LLM). That means being versatile and able to adapt to any context in which you might find yourself in the future, and having the skills vital to working with others. Through group projects and in your placements, you’ll get experience of working with people who have experiences and views that may differ from your own, and emerge better equipped to work collaboratively, whatever form your future ministry takes.
Questioning, exploring, analysing…these are all integral elements of your study and formation at St Augustine’s. As you work through your course, at whatever level, you’ll be encouraged to look deeper into what you believe, what you know (or as some of our students put it “what you thought you knew!”) and the experiences, values and beliefs that your fellow students bring.
In doing this, our students tell us that they forge lifelong friendships, building relationships which help to sustain them through this initial formational experience and beyond. Of course, your formation doesn’t end when you finish your course. You will emerge changed, but you will also have begun a journey of lifelong formation and learning, a journey which you will share with your new friends.