All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry, which trains ordinands and Readers across six different dioceses, is celebrating a highly positive report from its first Ministry Division inspection. The report says the course is “innovative, both in terms of its content and approach”, highlighting the course’s strengths in “passionate and enthusiastic teaching.“
The inspectors witnessed “excellent teaching in the week-night sessions, the study days and the residential weekends”
and say the teaching input showed “good content and a participative process enabling active learning of a high quality”.
The report speaks of the course’s balance between academic, formational and practical aspects of training that brings together input from core course staff and “highly practical and relevant input from experienced clergy”.
The report makes a small number of recommendations for strengthening the high quality of the course’s work in training and formation– and underlines the fact that “students are very positive, articulating a strong sense of calling with a relationship of mutual respect and trust with staff”.
Principal of All Saints, the Venerable Dr John Applegate (right), says “This is brilliant news for the whole All Saints team. All Saints has been recognised for its excellent teaching, innovative approaches and its commitment to getting training in mission and ministry right for a wide range of women and men”.
The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Rev Richard Blackburn, acting chair of trustees of the Southern North-West Training Partnership says “I am delighted to see the report’s affirmation of the course’s excellent training. The report picks up some issues in the course’s governance structures in the light of a changing ecumenical training environment which trustees and staff will be working to address, but it is great that the report so strongly affirms the quality of All Saints Centre's training for mission and ministry across the North-west and beyond”.
All Saints Centre for Mission & Ministry provides part-time non-residential training for ordinands and Readers from the dioceses of Chester, Derby, Liverpool , Manchester, Sodor & Man and Southwell & Nottingham.
You can read the full inspection report here
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To find out more about All Saints and their courses contact
Rev Simon Chesters
Director of Studies for Readers and Ordinands,
Diocese of Liverpool
All Saints Centre for Mission & Ministry