Ordination Programme

The Winchester School of Mission is designed for those training for part-time for ordination.Based at Wolvesey in Winchester, it offers a unique blend of:

  • Local training – closer to where people live, work and worship;
  • Contextual training – tailored for the needs of local churches in the Diocese of Winchester for the 21stCentury;
  • Shared training – sited among the whole people of God; ordinands will train in mission alongside those training for other ministries (notably LLMs), as part of a learning community in the Diocese.
  • Missional training – doing theology together through the lens of mission in today’s church.

Taking three years (or less with prior theological training), the ordination programme comprises ten weekly evening tutorials per term, with three or four Saturday study days each year and one or two residential weekends, as well as practical placements.Each year, ordinands will also study for a few days at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford (a residential theological college), a wonderful opportunity to learn alongside other ordinands in a different setting.

The programme is part of the national Church of England Common Awards suite of training, covering a mix of academic and practical theology and leading to a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission awarded by Durham University.This means that the training is the same as part-time students could receive anywhere else – and your ordination training (and ordination) will be recognised and valid across the whole Church of England and Anglican Communion.The Winchester School of Mission is the only ordination training that is organised and delivered around our local priorities in our local context.

For more information please contact Paul Dunthorne, the Mission and Training Adviser at the School of Mission, on