What leadership looks like in theological formation

A 12 March 2021 Church Times piece on how theological colleges teach leadership concluded that there is considerable consensus among theological college principals that leadership is largely founded on principles of enablement and self-knowledge.

Sarum College’s unique collaborative leadership approach was highlighted in the piece, as lay and ordained ministry students train together at the Centre for Formation in Ministry.

“We need to be collaborative and release gifts in each other,” the Principal, Canon James Woodward, said. “Some of [our students] have very significant experience in leadership: we have businessmen and -women, teachers, a head teacher, a consultant paediatrician. They know about leadership because they are doing it.

“We are particularly keen to share the concept of it not being about being bossy and organising everybody: it is about serving others, and allowing them to show us what God looks like in a particular situation or spiritual need.”

This issue also featured a piece profiling individual students who have or are undertaking postgraduate study.

Dr Claire Heppenstall, who is studying for an MA in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College, is quoted:

‘In this first year, I’ve done a module on the links between body, mind, and spirit, and I’m currently really enjoying learning about Western mysticism.

‘Sarum has a really diverse student group and a very broad range of lecturers; so I’m encountering many different views and experiences of Christian life.’

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