Ripon College Cuddesdon offers training and formation for ministry through the Oxford Ministry Course (OMC), West of England Ministerial Training Course (WEMTC) and Portsmouth Pathway (PP) which are non-residential programmes leading either to ordination or accredited lay ministry.
Most students study for the Foundation Degree in Ministry. A few, usually with some previous theological study, are entered for a BA or MA. A thorough grounding in all academic and practical aspects of ministerial training is provided. Students with prior theological learning or seeking a mixed mode of training (incorporating both residential and non-residential elements) can be accommodated on individualised study programmes.
Training non-residentially can be both stimulating and stretching. The demands of study and course commitments will require between 12 to 15 hours per week on average, and will engage students in an exciting process of personal and corporate development. Personal support and guidance is provided for each student by a staff tutor, together with local tutors who may coordinate support for a student in collaboration with members of their family and local church community.
OMC students have access to the wide range of resources at Cuddesdon, including teaching staff and the excellent library.
WEMTC students have the resources of Redcliffe College, Gloucester, Hereford Cathedral library, the Ludlow Mascall Centre and the library at Cuddesdon. They are also supported by a small team of chaplains who give prayerful and independent companionship and counsel throughout the course.
PP students have access to the library at the University of Chichester as well as the library at Cuddesdon. Like the WEMTC students they are supported by a small team of chaplains who give prayerful and independent companionship and counsel throughout the course.
Dual-track training enables non-residential students to take some additional courses with the residential community. If you can give a day or two a week to intensive study as well as the demands of the non-residential courses, then Mixed-Mode training could offer you the most efficient and creative way forward, and allows you to cover the ground and complete training in two years rather than three. For further information, click here.
The three year course offers a rich preparation for ministry...
The emphasis of this course is on practical application of theology to ministry...
For ordinands and resders-in-training from Portsmouth Diocese and beyond...