Renewing Ministry

Living from a sense of vocation is energising and challenging, yet we are all aware of the cost of Christian ministry.

At times we find ourselves in deep need of refreshment and renewal, perhaps on a number of levels, and it is vital that we make a space to refocus. Often this is most effective in another environment, one which nurtures body, mind and soul, accompanied by others who can listen with us as we review and recalibrate for the way ahead.

In a culture which increasingly demands success and growth, those of us serving the church must develop realistic expectations in ministry, both for ourselves and from others. On the other hand, for some people success means survival – given the challenges of their context and available resources. All of us seek to strengthen our aspiration and resolve to do our best.

We need to find places and people that can help us to reflect on our vision, our energy, our practice, our preparedness to take risks and our groundedness in Christian Wisdom.
At Sarum we recognise and understand many of the challenges of ministry. We offer some space for you to rest and reflect, alongside a consultation with an experienced mentor who will help you to examine your spiritual life, your ministry and your vocation.
We have a team of people who can support you and plan in advance what kind of stay might best work for you. We aim to provide you with a place of refreshment and renewal.

Revd Canon Professor James Woodward
Sarum College Principal


What We Offer

Self-directed Reflection, Prayer and Study

Enjoy use of the library and its reading rooms, an en-suite bedroom and lovely food and participate in the community life of a thriving college as much or as little as you wish. We also offer discounts on book purchases and 10% off courses that are running during your stay.

Mentored Reflection and Pastoral Supervision

We offer consultation with an experienced mentor who will help you reflect about your ministry and vocation. The mentor may also suggest readings to help define the structure and purpose of your stay.

Guided Study Leave, Sabbaticals and Retreats

We can help you develop a focused area of study including tutorials with one of our academic staff who will guide your study and reading. You can explore whether you want this to lead to credit-rated post graduate study or to enrolment on one of our master’s degree programmes. Sarum College has experienced tutors in the fields of spiritual direction, spirituality, liturgy, ministry, leadership, doctrine and the Bible.

Contact Us

We’re happy to help plan your stay with us. For all initial enquiries contact Alison Ogden on 01722 4248026 or email aogden@sarum.ac.uk.

Who Will Support You?

After your initial enquiry we will consider who best might support your particular needs.

The Team

The team includes Tim Harle, James Steven, Julia Mourant, James Woodward and Keith Lamdin.