Today 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.
Anglican 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.
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 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.