Cuddesdon Gloucester & Hereford (CGH)

(Formerly the West of England Ministerial Training Course, WEMTC)

If you are selected for training for ordained ministry you are assured of a place at CGH.

As well as taking a training course that can be tailored to meet your individual needs, you will also be joining a community of disciples and ministers in formation. Some come with little experience of formal study, some with less Biblical knowledge than others, or less awareness of Christian spiritual tradition, some come with less experience of public involvement in the life of our local churches - all are equally welcome. 

Training community

On this pathway, you will be training alongside Readers and members of the Gloucester and Hereford dioceses intern scheme adding to the rich diversity that already exists within our student body. With deep roots in the dioceses we serve, you will get to know the people, resources and partnerships of your diocese, as well as becoming part of the large and supportive network of the CGH community.

On the weekends and week-long residential held at Cuddesdon, you will also encounter other part-time students on the other regional courses, pioneer ministers as they train in partnership with Church Mission Society, people training as licensed lay ministers, as well as visiting preachers and scholars. Connecting with these diverse networks of people will help build your appreciation of distinct vocations and will prepare you for collaborative ministry in the future.

Where will I train

The administrative centre for this Pathway is based in Gloucester but there are two training locations so that you can choose whichever is closest.

Gloucester: The term-time study evening takes place on a Thursday at Redcliffe College, College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX. Weekends and week-long residentials take place at either at retreat houses in Gloucester and Hereford dioceses, or at Cuddesdon. Students have access to the libraries of Redcliffe College, Gloucester City and Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Hereford: The term-time study evening takes place on a Wednesday at Ludlow Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RZ. Weekends and week-long residentials take place at either at retreat houses in Gloucester and Hereford dioceses, or at Cuddesdon. Students have access to the libraries of the Ludlow Mascall Centre, Hereford Cathedral Library and Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Before you apply

You are welcome to drop in as a guest on a regular study evening to get a taste of what we do and see how study will fit into your existing life. We meet during term-time on Wednesdays in Ludlow and on Thursday n Gloucester. For details and to let us know you are coming, please click on  Come to an Open Event.