Ordinands normally spend one day a week at their local St Mellitus College centre receiving a range of teaching. One to two days are then spent in personal study, and a further two to three days working in your local church or mission placement. You will also have several residential weekends away for further teaching and study, and a week away as well.
This pathway is available for ordinands recommended to train for incumbent status or those recommended for pioneer ministry. Some other ordinands, in consultation with their diocese, may also be eligible.
Most of our ordinands study towards a BA degree or Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission, which is validated by Durham University. If you already have theology qualifications, you can instead study for an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (also validated by Durham University) or an MA in Christian Leadership, validated by Middlesex University.
The full-time route is available at our London, South West and East Midlands centres.
Ordinands have one evening a week of teaching at their St Mellitus College centre, which includes dinner and worship. Just like all our students, those on the part-time pathway also have a supervisor in their local church who helps them integrate their theological study with their ministry on-the-ground. You will also have several residential weekends away for further teaching and study, and one week away as well. These are shared with full-time ordinands and other students in the St Mellitus College community.
This mode is perfect for those who are keen to relate theology to the whole of life – to their jobs, families, homes and wider society. It is a flexible programme which allows you to continue in the place God has set you while also being formed for your future as a priest in the Church of England. We see your workplace and family commitments as a blessing not a barrier, and will help you uphold them alongside your training.
Most of our ordinands study towards a BA degree or Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission, which is validated by Durham University.
The part-time pathway is open to any ordinand, whether you are recommended for stipendiary, self-supporting, pioneer, incumbent or assistant status. It is available at our London, Chelmsford and East Midlands centres.
Pioneer ordinands are a core part of St Mellitus College and our community. Their missional and innovative ethos perfectly matches our own values. Our context-based approach, where theological study takes place alongside on-the-job training in a church placement, is ideal for those training for Ordained Pioneer Ministry.
We offer several modules which stimulate fresh thinking about how to be and do church, and also host a discussion and networking forum for those on the pioneer pathway. Much of our Healthy Church Leadership Programme, which all full-time ordinands follow, focuses on vital aspects of pioneer ministry, such as fresh expressions, entrepreneurialism, sustainability and missional communities. We also regularly welcome pioneer ministers to our residential weekends, where they share their wisdom and experiences with the community.
There is also the option to focus your dissertation on pioneer ministry and the opportunity to attend a church planting course run by the Bishop of Islington Ric Thorpe. Pioneer ordinands find combining this inspiring academic study with time serving in a church plant, fresh expression or another missional context is really valuable preparation for their ministry.
We know every ordinand with a spouse or partner who joins the St Mellitus College community would not be here without the support of their other half. That’s why husbands, wives and partners of students play a key part in College life.
As well as being kept in touch with the latest news and events through our spouses newsletter, partners and families are often invited to join parts of our residential weekends. And if your partner catches the bug of theology too, we can offer them discounts for many of our programmes.
Ordination training can sometimes be a challenging time and even place strain on family life. We are committed to ensuring your marriage and family are looked after while you are studying with us. As well as being supported by your formation tutor, we can offer you and your spouse discounted places on the HTB Marriage and Parenting Courses, which are great ways to invest in and support your relationship and family.
All four of St Mellitus College's centres offer ordination training. Click on the centre locations for more information about each centre.