Prayer and formation
In order ‘To grow in wisdom to proclaim Jesus Christ’, we believe that prayer and spiritual formation is crucial.
Although everyone is different and each member of the community arrives with their own experience of prayer and understanding of spiritual formation , we want Ridley to be a place where everyone can deepen their prayer life and be further shaped by the Spirit of God to reflect the character of Christ in us. We hope too it will be a place where we learn to be those who will enable others to pray and be formed in Christlikeness.
A host of resources is available to the Ridley community – including spouses – to nurture a rich and transforming prayer life. We are here:
- to offer insights and resources for engaging with the theology, history and practice of Christian prayer and spirituality in a range of traditions, with a view to encouraging others to do so in their future ministries;
- to reflect on personality, character and Christlikeness in relation to leadership, discipleship and discipling in the 21st century.
There are many opportunities to grow in prayer during your time at Ridley:
The Prayer and Spirituality Team
While all the staff, and the student body, contribute in a range of ways to the community’s healthy heartbeat of prayer, Anne Aldridge (the Chaplain), Catherine Wright, Ian Randall and Chris Pemberton have particular responsibility for helping in these areas of life at Ridley. They teach and train on Federation courses and modules and within Ridley and encourage ways in which Christian discipleship is shaped and practised. They have a coordinating role in the corporate life of prayer and spiritual formation as well as encouraging prayer disciplines and spiritual direction.
We are greatly privileged to be able to draw on the expertise of others within the church whose gifts within the area of spiritual formation and prayer are well recognized. Our current Associates are Elizabeth Adekunle (Archdeacon of Hackney and Chaplain to The Queen), Anders Litzell (founding Prior of the Community of St Anselm at Lambeth Palace) and Jane Keiller (former Chaplain at Ridley Hall).