Learning through Ministerial Experience
"The course encompasses so many aspects of life and ministry, rather than being a means of just gaining knowledge." Jess Beaumont, student
Ridley Lay Ministry (RLM) students are placed within an existing ministerial team for the duration of their studies. Most students are placed within a church, but some are placed in Christian charities such as XLP or Romsey Mill.
The ministerial experience is an essential part of a student's learning. It is here where RLM students develop their ministerial skills through ongoing engagement in relevant practice alongside experienced colleagues. It is also here that students develop their practice wisdom through reflection on and in practice.
In the first year of their studies RLM students typically support others to undertake existing ministry.
In their second-year, students will be given management and leadership responsibilities in line with their specific abilities and the vision of the organisation.
Those students undertaking a third year of studies will be provided with opportunities to develop specific interests and projects in more depth.
The College staff work closely with the church or charity RLM students are placed with to help ensure this is both a purposeful and positive experience for all. All students have a placement set up meeting, annual mid-year and end-of-year meetings, as well as ongoing communication throughout the year.