New training for missional leaders and full-time ordinands

Those looking for full time ordination training in the North West have an exciting new option.

Those looking for full time ordination training in the North West have a new option following Church of England approval for an exciting partnership between 5 North West Dioceses and St Mellitus College London.

The first full time local course since St Aidan’s College Birkenhead was closed in 1969 will be based at Liverpool Cathedral. St Mellitus NW (the St Aidan’s Centre) will offer innovative training for missional leaders and full-time ordination training from September 2013.

This is particularly good news for those who
  • might not otherwise have considered ordination
  • want to train ‘on the job’ in a church context
  • want their training to be shaped by the context of the North West church
  • for family reasons are unable to move away to train
  • want training focussed on missional leadership
  • are attracted by St Mellitus’s reputation for excellence & generous orthodoxy

St Mellitus College in London has developed an excellent reputation since it started in 2007, attracting over 100 ordinands and over 400 others training for missional leadership from across many denominations.

This exciting news means that St Mellitus' innovative full-time pathway will be available to ordinands in the North West. It will offer a mix of quality teaching delivered by local teachers, London staff and North West based practitioners. Half the learning will be on the job with a carefully chosen mentor.

As the only full-time non residential ordination training route in the North West, it will complement the excellent part-time courses offered by the All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry.

The Rt Rev Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, instrumental in shaping this project said “I am delighted that we have gained approval for this exciting partnership. Being able to offer a full time local training college meets a real need in the North West. St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) will offer excellent full time training alongside the highly regarded part time courses run by the All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry. I hope this offers extra choice for those who feel called to ordination”.

The Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean of St Mellitus: “St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) is an exciting partnership between the College and the church in the North West of England that we hope will be mutually enriching for both. It offers a way of training for ministry that is fresh and innovative, and our hope is that it will strengthen the church and its mission in both parts of the country.”

Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Pete Wilcox added “‘The realisation of this vision has been many years in the making, but now is the right time for this exciting development. Liverpool Cathedral is proud to be part of this innovative project and I look forward to welcoming the first trainees next September. St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) has great potential for the work of God’s kingdom in this region’.

How St Mellitus NW (St Aidan's Centre) will work

The main teaching day will be a Monday in Liverpool Cathedral, with the morning curriculum delivered either by local teachers, via live video link to St Mellitus staff in London, or visiting staff from London. 

The innovative afternoon programme,Leadership for Healthy Churches will draw on expertise from incumbents around the NW region. Students will also have one or two days a week for private study. 

They will join other St Mellitus ordinands at seven residential weekends and one residential week per year. At the same time they will be based in local churches, learning half of the time 'on the job' with a carefully chosen mentor.

Find out more
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Email the Project Leader in the North West,
The Revd Dr Jill Duff: