A Statement from the Ordinands’ Association

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Ordinands’ Association Committee will be held on Thursday 29 June 2017. In accordance with our constitution, the request for a meeting has been signed by representatives from six Training Institutions. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the posting of a tweet (later deleted) from the Association’s account on Thursday 8 June, and to decide on what action should be taken.

We appreciate this is a while to wait, and hope that those closely following events will understand that we can only speak as a committee when we have met as a committee. A further statement will be made on or after Friday 30 June.

We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us, and would encourage all Ordinands who would like to make their views known at the meeting to contact their representative – if you are unsure of who that is, please contact your Training Institution’s administrator. Alternatively, please email the current Secretary of the Ordinands’ Association, Rebecca Feeney, at rebecca.feeney@ssho.ox.ac.uk with the name of your training institution, and she will put you in contact with your representative.

Please pray for us, that we might be granted the gift of wisdom as we prepare to meet.

The Ordinands’ Association Committee

Resilience, and how to get it

Contemporary ministry brings a whole variety of stresses and strains. So how can people be Kirsten Birkettbest equipped for the long haul of evangelism, discipleship, pastoral care, leadership and ideological conflict?

We asked Kirsten Birkett, who has recently carried out academic research on secular models of building resilience, to consider what ordinands most need in their training if they are to keep strong in serving Christ and his church.

It is a great second instalment in our Training Matters mini-series, and you can read it here.

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What is a “Distinctive Deacon”?


For many clergy, being ordained “deacon” is simply an important step on the way to being ordained “priest” (or “presbyter”) about a year into their curacy.

But some people are called to the ministry of the “Distinctive Deaconate”, without any intention that they be ordained to the priesthood or serve as incumbent in a church in the future.
This is appropriate in a whole variety of circumstances, including for women whose theological convictions mean they would not want to be ordained priest or serve as a vicar.

Distinctive Deacons frequently have a key role in teaching, leadership and pastoral care in their churches.

The process and criteria for discerning Distinctive Deacons’ vocations are broadly similar to those used for potential incumbents, and their training is funded and provided on the same basis.

Ian McIntosh, Head of Formation for the Church of England, writes:

Amongst many different types of ministry which the Church calls women and men to is that of the Distinctive Diaconate.  This ancient ministry embedded deeply in the Christian Tradition combines elements of being a deacon within the Church, within the wider world and especially in the boundaries between the two.  Individual deacons may vary as to which of these areas their ministry might focus upon but it remains a vital and essential ministry within the Church. More can be found on exploring a vocation to the distinctive diaconate at http://vocation.churchofengland.org/distinctive-diaconate/.

Free Church Times subscription!

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Anglican ordinands in the UK are entitled to a free subscription to the Church Times for the duration of their training. Published every Friday, the Church Times features professional reporting of church news from the UK and abroad, wide-ranging features on faith, arts and history, varied comment pieces, book reviews and more.

Ordinands receive the paper delivered free every week as well as full access to the website, online archive and iPhone/iPad app. There are no strings attached and the offer is open to those training full or part-time, in residence or on a recognised course. To apply call 01603 785911 or email subs@churchtimes.co.uk

(Please include your course start and end dates, the name of your college/university and your postal address.)

Ordinands’ Association

The Ordinands’ Association exists to support and represent all those in training for ordination – whether part-time or full-time, in college or on a course. We represent the needs and views of ordinands to the Church of England’s Ministry Division via a network of elected representatives, who meet together every term. Our aim is that all ordinands receive the best possible training for ministry.

Not heard of us before? We were, until recently, known as the Association of Ordinands & Candidates for Ministry (AOCM).

The Richards Trust

The Richards Trust is a fund administered by SPCK, with the purpose of assisting ordinands in financial need. It does not provide scholarships, or fund books or placements. Rather, is a contingency fund to help ordinands who fall into financial difficulty during the course of their training. The trust deed stipulates that candidates must be under the age of 40 and preparing for ordination in the Church of England.

The application procedure is very simple, and the Trustees consider each application as it arrives so that a response can be made swiftly and a grant, if awarded, paid without delay.

Full details can be found here.

The Mylne Trust

This charity exists “for the benefit of persons of either sex who are, or have been, engaged in evangelistic work, including retired missionaries or missionaries still engaged as such or continuing Christian workers”.

Under this description, grants are awarded to individuals towards their personal living expenses in undertaking Christian outreach projects, for periods of training for Christian ministry and outreach and to retired persons whose lives have included Christian evangelistic work. Under the terms of its original endowment, the trust is only permitted to support Christian workers from Protestant denominations.

Applications for Grants

Applications are invited from persons who qualify under the above description. The trustees meet quarterly to consider applications and decide on awards. Please do not make prior contact with the administrator about the likelihood of an application being accepted.

Please see the Mylne Trust website for details on how to apply for a grant.

Robin Twining
The Mylne Trust Clerk
PO BOX 530
United Kingdom

Email: mylne.trust@btconnect.com

The trustees like to see that applicants are making best efforts to receive funding from all possible sources. It should be noted that declaring your applications to other sources of funding, and any grants your have received, will not prejudice your chances of being awarded a grant by the trust.

Following up on Applications

If you indicate an email address, your application will be acknowledged on arrival and, if funds are available and you appear to qualify for consideration for a grant, the date of the trust meeting at which it will be considered will be indicated. You should therefore hear by email no later than 2 weeks after that meeting. If you do not have email, you will be advised by post.

Trustees’ Discretion

Please note that the trustees have total discretion in the making of grants and will not enter into any kind of correspondence or discussion about the reasons awards are made or refused.