Ordination and Lay Training

Our vision is to provide flexible training for ministry (ordained or lay) that suits your lifestyle – training that excites and inspires, that challenges and encourages growth.

Sarum College has a strong ecumenical heritage, and although the majority of our ministry students come from the Church of England, we welcome those from other denominations.

Our blended learning combines online modules, residentials at Sarum College, smaller groups and your home context to create an integrated approach to your training, so you become effective in mission, ministry and leadership for the church today and in the future.

The online work ensures regular contact with staff and your tutorial group from your computer, being efficient with your travel, time and costs, and increasing the flexibility of the course.

The residential component of the training takes place in the comfort of Sarum College, over 6 to 8 weekends a year plus an annual week. This enables you to quickly build good relationships with staff and student colleagues. You will also meet other groups engaged in learning at Sarum College, both local and international, as well as our small community of Benedictine monks who live on site and lend a prayerful centre to the College.

The work in your home context means that you are applying your learning to mission and ministry from the outset. You will gain deeper experience of your own church tradition, as well as being stretched by experiencing other traditions through residentials and placements.

We offer both part-time pathways and full-time context-based pathways over two and three years. We have under-graduate and post-graduate pathways, and also pathways highlighting specialist areas such as rural ministry and pioneer ministry alongside our standard courses.

We also welcome private students (self-funded) who wish to take the course to deepen their learning (Please note that our courses don’t authorise you for ministry in your church). Some also do further study with us during their Curacy or Probation.

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