“My student self…”

Tom doing a self-portrait using his new camera remote-controlToday we begin an occasional series where we ask clergy to reflect back to their days of ministry training at college.

What do they especially appreciate, with the benefit of hindsight?

What tips would they pass on to ordinands today?

You can check out our first post here.


Free Church Times subscription

church-timesAnglican ordinands in the UK are offered a free subscription to the Church Times for the duration of their training. This includes both print and digital editions.

Those in the Diocese of Europe can receive a free digital-only subscription.

Apply here.

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

Please see the Mylne Trust website for more details, including how to apply for a grant.