We will talk through all the options open to you and discuss your particular circumstances one-to-one during your interview day (or by email in the case of international students). So there’s no pressure to decide on a course in advance, but you might want to think through some of the key factors that will influence your choice:
Training on the contextual pathway gives me opportunities to link my academic learning with the practicalities of ministry. Spending more time in parish, especially behind the scenes, brings to the fore questions which I can then take back into college, whether into biblical studies, doctrine, or ethics classes. Gathering regularly as a contextual learning community means that we can respond through theological reflection while issues are fresh in our minds, and apply the ideas we generate for praxis.
Celebrating communion and eating lunch together with the midweek congregation in Chesterton is really important to me, building community as well as providing opportunities for weekly feedback on our preaching. Overall, I feel this pathway is giving me a more rounded trained, with deep opportunities for academic development as well as practical skills and spiritual development.
Beth Cope (Ordinand, Ridley Hall)
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