A new year of training for future church leaders in the Church of England has started at the School of Mission in the Diocese of Winchester.
Over 20 students who are training to be licensed Anglican ministers (clergy, Licensed Lay Workers and Licensed Lay Ministers) recently met at Wolvesey in Winchester for a study day to start their autumn training modules. They are all students on the Winchester Licensed Ministry Training programme, which provides training over three years in theology and ministry. This term, these three different year groups will be studying modules on the Bible, Christian doctrine and Ethics, with their sessions led by qualified, experienced tutors.
Revd Paul Dunthorne, Programme Leader for Licensed Ministry Training, said how great it was to see all three year groups studying together on a Saturday, with ordinands (those training to be clergy) joining other trainees for the first time. “It felt like the start of a new phase for the Winchester School of Mission,” Paul said, “with our learning community growing to a new level.”
Each call to ministry is unique, and students come from different backgrounds and from a variety of churches and with a range of previous experience in the world and in the Church. Being able to learn and share with each other for three years is an important foundation for ministry, as they can encourage one another in their faith and practical skills, and also learn better to be sensitive to the ideas, insights and needs of others.
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester said:
“It’s fabulous to see all three year groups of the course together for the first time. This is an exciting new initiative for the Diocese as we develop our missional learning community.”
First years discuss the Bible
Coffee in the Dining Room