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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Ordained Ministry in the Church of England

Preparing you for ministry

The Christian Church is called to respond to the love of God in the rhythm of worship and mission and to continue Christ’s work of making disciples. To fulfil this calling, the church needs all of its members, especially its ordained and lay ministers, to be fully prepared for Christian life and service.

Our Theology and Ministry courses aim to provide an integrated vocational training for ordained and lay ministry in which theology and ministerial practice inform each other.

Which course would I follow?

Courses/Pathways are bespoke and decided upon based on conversations with DDOs (Director of Diocesan Ordinands – http://www.cofe-ministry.org.uk/, which explains what they are) and the theological institution, the age of the applicant and whether the student has studied theology before. The length and level of the course is usually decided in conversation with the student at interview and can be undertaken either as a full time residential student or as a context-based student as part of one of our Urban Track Hubs.

As a broad guideline: (Click boxes in right column for further information)

*To conform with Ministry Division guidelines for ordained ministry, postgraduate courses are supplemented with formational modules from the BATMM
¹For those who would benefit from studying at Doctoral level alongside their training for ordination, we have two Durham University doctoral pathways undertaken by ordinands. These programmes are, by definition, unique and require permission from the applicant’s Diocese. Do discuss with us if you are in this situation.

  • Learn how to understand, interpret and communicate the Bible, and to integrate it with your theology and practice.
  • Become familiar with the shape of Christian history and doctrine, learn how to engage in theological study, and how to lead worship.
  • Be introduced to the riches of the Christian spiritual tradition, grow in your understanding of prayer, and learn skills required for the formation of Church life, such as preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.
  • Engage with the questions of Christian faith in the world: the theology and practice of mission and evangelism; issues raised by sociology and psychology; other world faiths; life in the inner city; discrimination and power, conflict and resolution and the integration of ethics with biblical and theological study.
  • Participate in our extensive placement programme; being shaped in ministry for ministry, and making a difference to the communities in which you are serving.
  • Because Durham’s degrees are modular and all our awards are Durham University awards, students have the opportunity to take some courses at the Department of Theology and some three year students read for the ‘Department Degree‘ in their first two years.

Most of our students training for ordination are full time, although some travel into Durham daily or weekly to study. Other students can be full time or part time, as they choose. The teaching programme follows the University terms, and teaching is delivered from a Monday to a Thursday giving students a healthy rhythm of a study day, a placement day and a day off each week.

There are two sets of criteria which an ordinand has to meet; the University’s criteria under which the academic award is made, and the Ministry Division’s criteria which are deemed necessary for ordination. Our programmes in Theology and Ministry are tailored to meet these demands and mean that a student engages in both academic and vocational studies throughout their course.