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/.

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).