Training for ordination
One of Trinity's roles is to train people for ordained ministry in the Church of England, although we welcome a wide range of students, including those who belong to other denominations.
For those called to ordained ministry, we aim to provide a flexible pastoral and mission-based training programme that enables specialisation, such as cross-cultural mission, care and counselling, evangelism and communication, or teaching and preaching.
Our courses are designed to enable you to develop both academically and pastorally.
Some people used Open Learning courses to prepare for ordination studies; see their comments.
Our vision of ordained leadership within the church
At Trinity we aim to maintain in our training a model of leadership which is Christlike both in its vision of what God can do through his chosen leaders and in its willing acceptance of the servant role.
- The task of the ordained leader is not to do everything alone as an authoritarian figure. The leader aims to work with others, bringing the best out of those who are led.
- The ordained minister will be a listener as well as a leader, open to the ideas and corrections of others. Collaborative leadership and teamwork are vital.
- The ordained leader is a wounded healer, ministering the grace of God and living by that grace. The minister seeks to set a Christlike example, but is always conscious of his or her own weaknesses.
- The minister is motivated and sustained in good and bad times by the love of God, the cross of Christ, and the power of God that heals broken lives.
If these convictions are in tune with your hopes and desires, then Trinity may be the place for the next stage in your training.
Questions about ordination?
If you have some questions before you decide whether or not you should train for ordained ministry, you may like to look at Ministry in the Church of England, produced by Ministry Division of the Church of England.
We are affiliated to AOCM (Assocation of Ordinands and Candidates for Ministry)