Ordination and Lay Ministry Training

Our vision is to provide high-quality flexible training for mission and 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 Centre for Formation in Ministry staff team bring many years of fruitful ordained and lay leadership experience across parish ministry and chaplaincy, together with a wealth of published research, and are actively involved in the ministry and mission of their local churches.

Blended Learning


Our blended learning combines personal learning through online guided study and tutorials, residential learning at Sarum College, and formation in your home context. This creates an integrated approach to your training, so you become effective in mission, ministry and leadership for the church today and in the future.



Residential Learning is in the comfort of Sarum College, with six to eight weekends a year depending on course, plus an annual week in August. You quickly build good relationships with staff and student colleagues. You also meet other groups engaged in learning at Sarum College, as well as our small community of Benedictine monks who live on site and lend a prayerful centre to the College.


Formation in Context means that you are applying your learning to mission and ministry from the outset. You will gain deeper experience of your home church tradition, as well as being stretched by other placements.


Personal Engagement through online guided study ensures regular contact with staff and your tutorial group while being efficient with your travel, time and costs, and increasing the flexibility of the course for you.

We Offer a Variety of Pathways


  • You can train part-time or full-time, both with contextual ministry experience.
  • We offer undergraduate pathways for those learning theology for the first time, and post-graduate pathways for those with prior theological learning, both over 2 or 3 years.
  • Alongside our standard courses, we offer pathways highlighting specialist areas such as rural ministry and pioneer ministry, together with a pathway for those training for Licensed Lay Ministry in Salisbury Diocese.

Private Students


We also welcome private students (self-funded) who wish to take the course to deepen their learning. This doesn’t include residential periods at college, but does include teaching days. Please note that our courses don’t authorise you for ministry in your church.

Some people use this as further study during their Curacy or Probation, particularly at postgraduate level.

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