This course offers a rich preparation for ministry based on a programme of academic study which is carefully integrated with continuing local experience and responsibility. We meet for a meal, worship, lectures and tutorials on Tuesday evenings at Ripon College Cuddesdon in ten-week terms of study, usually over three years. In addition there are six residential weekends and an eight day summer or Easter residence each year, offering important opportunities to study in depth and to build lasting relationships with fellow students.
Sharing resources with the full-time residential community, your training and formation will be facilitated by academic tutors and ministers of the highest calibre from within and beyond the College. Students have access to all the resources of the College, including the Chapel, Library and Common Room.
During your training 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.
Students on the Part-Time Pathway are expected to complete two placements during their course of study. In their penultimate year, they engage in a community placement, experiencing ministry in a secular context. In their final year, students complete a parish based placement, during which they experience ministry in a context or of a style/tradition different from that of their home church.
Also available at Ripon College Cuddesdon is a two year dual-track training option. If you have the time available, you can stay overnight at the College on a Tuesday and then study with the residential students on Wednesday morning. It means that you mix with different year groups of part-time and full-time students, with a strong sense of belonging to both communities.